noun, plural tangos.
a ballroom dance of Latin-American origin, danced by couples, and having many varied steps, figures, and poses.
music for this dance.
a word used in communications to represent the letter T.
verb (used without object), tangoed, tangoing.
to dance the tango.

1910–15; < American Spanish < ?

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tango (ˈtæŋɡəʊ)
n , pl -gos
1.  a Latin American dance in duple time, characterized by long gliding steps and sudden pauses
2.  a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
vb , -gos, -goes, -going, -goed
3.  (intr) to perform this dance
[C20: from American Spanish, probably of Niger-Congo origin; compare Ibibio tamgu to dance]

Tango (ˈtæŋɡəʊ)
communications a code word for the letter t

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Word Origin & History

syncopated ballroom dance, 1913, from Argentine Sp. tango, originally the name of an African-American drum dance, probably from a Niger-Congo language (cf. Ibibio tamgu "to dance"). Phrase it takes two to tango was a song title from 1952.
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Cultural Dictionary

tango definition

A sensual ballroom dance that originated in South America in the early twentieth century.

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