Definition of "mambo" [mambo]

  • A dance of Latin American origin, resembling the rumba. (noun)
  • The syncopated music for this dance in 4/4 time. (noun)
  • To perform this dance. (verb-intransitive)

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Use "mambo" in a sentence
  • "Orestes wrote the first song with the word mambo in the title in 1938 and he told me that he wrote it for his brother."
  • "Taken from four decades of popular dance, "Neighborhood Ballroom" is a major production piece, ranging from Belle Époque serenity to a wild Latin American mambo show, all viewed through the lens of a night club denizen known as the Poet."
  • "Is it any surprise, then, that a Cuban bandleader enamored of the Kenton band would abandon the rumba for a bombastic new variation called the mambo?"