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[tang-goh] /ˈtæŋ goʊ/
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.
Origin of tango
1910-15; < American Spanish < ? Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for tango
  • Salsa has also helped to fuel a revival of interest in tango.
  • Moreover, it takes two to dance a reconciliation tango.
  • But one tango dancer is stronger than the other, and decides when the dance stops.
  • In the end it is mostly diplomatic tango than actual arm race.
  • The cobblestone streets around the square come alive with tango musicians and dancers, buskers, and puppeteers.
  • One night during my stay there, they hosted a tango night, which was well-attended.
  • These cookies are not as dramatic as my chicken mango tango, but they're quite a treat.
  • Travelers can sleep, eat and dance tango all under one roof.
  • Visiting the birthplace of the sensual tango dance can make for a romantic vacation.
  • Eventually, the moment comes when there are two to tango.
British Dictionary definitions for tango


noun (pl) -gos
a Latin American dance in duple time, characterized by long gliding steps and sudden pauses
a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
verb -goes, -going, -goed
(intransitive) to perform this dance
Derived Forms
tangoist, noun
Word Origin
C20: from American Spanish, probably of Niger-Congo origin; compare Ibibio tamgu to dance


(communications) a code word for the letter t
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Word Origin and History for tango

syncopated ballroom dance, 1913, from Argentine Spanish 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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tango in Culture

tango definition

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

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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Slang definitions & phrases for tango

tangle assholes

verb phrase

To come into conflict; disagree; quarrel; fight: Remind them how it was the first time we tangled assholes (1970s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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