Definition of Rumba

1. Noun. Syncopated music in duple time for dancing the rumba.

Exact synonyms: Rhumba
Generic synonyms: Dance Music
Derivative terms: Rhumba

2. Verb. Dance the rhumba. "Sam and Sue rumba"
Exact synonyms: Rhumba
Generic synonyms: Dance, Trip The Light Fantastic, Trip The Light Fantastic Toe
Derivative terms: Rhumba

3. Noun. A folk dance in duple time that originated in Cuba with Spanish and African elements; features complex footwork and violent movement.
Exact synonyms: Rhumba
Generic synonyms: Folk Dance, Folk Dancing

4. Noun. A ballroom dance based on the Cuban folk dance.
Exact synonyms: Rhumba
Generic synonyms: Ballroom Dance, Ballroom Dancing

Definition of Rumba

1. Noun. a slow-paced Cuban partner dance in 4:4 time ¹

2. Verb. To dance the rumba. ¹

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Definition of Rumba

1. to perform a ballroom dance [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Rumba

rum baba
rum ball
rum cake
rum cherry
rum cocktail
rum go
rum nose
rum sling
rumba (current term)
rumble seat
rumble seats

Literary usage of Rumba

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Puerto Rico by Kurt Pitzer, Tara Stevens (2001)
"Live Music Bar rumba, -a 787-725-4407, 152 Calle San Sebastian, is the best-loved live music venue in Old San Juan, often hosting stars of the Puerto Rican ..."

2. San Cristóbal de la Habana by Joseph Hergesheimer (1920)
"Whatever had brought it about, it was stupid, an insensate jiggling of the body without frankness or grace. I hadn't yet seen the Cuban rumba, ..."

3. Black Music and Musicians in the New Grove Dictionary of American Music and by Dominique-René De Lerma, Marsha J. Reisser (1989)
"See: rumba Rhythm-and-blues Grove B HDM [Rhythm and blues] B Rhythm ... See: Rock HDM Rock steady Grove rumba Grove [rhumba] B HDM St. Louis Grove—2. ..."

4. Zur Hierarchie von Fremdenverkehrsgemeinden im bayerischen Alpenraum: Einzel by Eva Ambros, Alfred Neumann, Steven Cohen, Claire Walter (1986)
"From rumba evolved salsa. and from Jamaica. via Ethiopia. came reggae. Curacao's national dance. the tuma. appears to be simply a mixture between rumba and ..."

5. A Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language ...: Supplement by John Jamieson (1825)
"Isl. rumba has precisely the first sense,—which seems to be the primary one ; procella pelágica, Haldor- son. Shall we suppose that this term has been ..."

6. On the Claims of the So Called Revealed Religion: Being a Lecture Delivered by Govinda Chandra Ghose (1870)
"The man would still fail to know who and what is the voice, far less would ho believe in and worship Umba and rumba or conceive his ..."

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