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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.
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(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]
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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]
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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.
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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"
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رَقْصَة الرومبا


[ˈrʌmbə] Nrumba f
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nrumba f
to dance the rumba → danser la rumba
modif [steps, rhythm] → de rumba
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nRumba m or f
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(ˈrambə) noun
(a piece of music for) a South American dance.
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A chaque seconde, la rumba natale peut faire irruption.
I also ended up loving rumba because my dad wouldn't stop playing songs by Congolese heavyweights such as Tabu Ley, the work machine who composed 3000 songs and recorded 250 albums in his career.Tell that to Ali Kiba who releases three songs a year.
Born in France of Spanish ancestors, the members of the group sing in Spanish, a mix of pop-oriented flamenco and light songs derived from the traditional Catalan rumba. The group first became famous in 1987 with their album 'Gipsy Kings' that became a phenomenon, certified gold and platinum around the globe, introducing the world to 'Rumba Gitano' -- South America's rumba rhythm married to the fleet attack of flamenco guitars with hits such as 'Djobi Djoba' and 'Baila Baila'.
With Tokooos, Fally is attempting to take his style, deeply rooted in Congolese rumba, mainstream.
Her rumba received a score of just 15, with judge Bruno Tolioni claiming her hips "needed defrosting".
STILTED: Ruth flops in Rumba and Rev Coles, below, was far from Flash
After Horwood, 51, told them their routine did not amount to a rumba, longjumper Greg, 29, stormed off and had to be restrained by four people as Natalie, 36, wept, it was claimed.
He said: "The only thing I'm slightly nervous about is at some point having to do the rumba.
"We probably visit 150 businesses a year," says Rumba, who is part of a team of four.
Additionally, Rumba Lattina will also be featuring speA[degrees] ciality pink nonA[degrees]alcoholic shots.
| Zumba instructors Caroline Parsons and Daryl Branch during the Date In A Dash Zumba class in Bar Rumba, in London | Zumba instructors Caroline Parsons and Daryl Branch during the Date In A Dash Zumba class in Bar Rumba, in London