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bos·sa no·va(bŏs′ə nō′və, bô′sə)
1. A style of popular Brazilian music derived from the samba but with more melodic and harmonic complexity and less emphasis on percussion.
2. A lively Brazilian dance that is similar to the samba.
[Portuguese : bossa, trend + nova, new.]
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bossa nova(ˈbɒsə ˈnəʊvə)
1. (Dancing) a dance similar to the samba, originating in Brazil
2. (Pop Music) a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
[C20: Portuguese, literally: new voice]
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bos•sa no•va(ˈbɒs ə ˈnoʊ və, ˈbɔ sə)
n., pl. bossa no•vas.
1. jazz-influenced music of Brazilian origin, rhythmically related to the samba.
2. a dance performed to this music.
[1960–65; < Portuguese: literally, new tendency, leaning]
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