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1. A Brazilian dance in duple meter of African origin, performed in groups, by couples, or as a solo.
2. The music for this dance.
intr.v. sam·baed, sam·ba·ing, sam·bas
To perform this dance.
[Portuguese, perhaps from Kongo semba, dance move in which partners thrust out their bellies and touch navels.]
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n, pl -bas
1. (Dancing) a lively modern ballroom dance from Brazil in bouncy duple time
2. (Music, other) a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
vb, -bas, -baing or -baed
(Dancing) (intr) to perform such a dance
[Portuguese, of African origin]
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sam•ba(ˈsæm bə, ˈsɑm-)
n., pl. -bas, n.
1. a rhythmic Brazilian ballroom dance of African origin.v.i.
2. to dance the samba.
[1880–85; < Portuguese samba, alleged to be of African orig.]
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Past participle: sambaed
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A Brazilian dance with African influence, samba is fast, violently danced by a soloist in the middle of a group of dancers. Especially popular at Carnival in Rio and Sao Paulo.
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|Noun||1.||samba - large west African tree having large palmately lobed leaves and axillary cymose panicles of small white flowers and one-winged seeds; yields soft white to pale yellow wood|
tree - a tall perennial woody plant having a main trunk and branches forming a distinct elevated crown; includes both gymnosperms and angiosperms
|2.||samba - music composed for dancing the samba|
dance music - music to dance to
|3.||samba - a lively ballroom dance from Brazil|
|4.||samba - a form of canasta using three decks of cards and six jokers|
|Verb||1.||samba - dance the samba|
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samba[ˈsæmbə] N → samba f
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samba[ˈsæmbə] n → samba
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