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also rhum·ba  (rŭm′bə, ro͝om′-, ro͞om′-)
1. A dance of Cuban origin, combining complex footwork with a pronounced movement of the hips.
2. A modern ballroom adaptation of this dance.
3. The music for either of these dances.

[American Spanish, from Spanish rumbo, ship's course, revelry, pomp; see rhumb.]

rum′ba v.


(ˈrʌmbə; ˈrʊm-) or


1. (Dancing) a rhythmic and syncopated Cuban dance in duple time
2. (Dancing) a ballroom dance derived from this
3. (Music, other) a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
[C20: from Spanish: lavish display, of uncertain origin]


or rhum•ba

(ˈrʌm bə, ˈrʊm-, ˈrum-)

n., pl. -bas (-bəz)

v. -baed (-bəd)
-ba•ing (-bə ɪŋ) n.
1. a dance, Cuban in origin and complex in rhythm.
2. to dance the rumba.
[1920–25; < American Spanish]


A social and sexually suggestive dance of Afro-Cuban origin. Highly syncopated in 4/4 time, it became popular in New York and London in the 1930s.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rumba - syncopated music in duple time for dancing the rumbarumba - syncopated music in duple time for dancing the rumba
dance music - music to dance to
2.rumba - a folk dance in duple time that originated in Cuba with Spanish and African elements; features complex footwork and violent movement
folk dance, folk dancing - a style of dancing that originated among ordinary people (not in the royal courts)
3.rumba - a ballroom dance based on the Cuban folk dance
ballroom dance, ballroom dancing - any of a variety of social dances performed by couples in a ballroom
Verb1.rumba - dance the rhumba
trip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toe, dance - move in a pattern; usually to musical accompaniment; do or perform a dance; "My husband and I like to dance at home to the radio"
رَقْصَة الرومبا


[ˈrʌmbə] Nrumba f


nrumba f
to dance the rumba → danser la rumba
modif [steps, rhythm] → de rumba


nRumba m or f


(ˈrambə) noun
(a piece of music for) a South American dance.
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