Definitions for bossa novaˈbɒs ə ˈnoʊ və, ˈbɔ sə

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bos•sa no•vaˈbɒs ə ˈnoʊ və, ˈbɔ sə(n.)(pl.)bossa no•vas.

  1. jazz-influenced music of Brazilian origin, rhythmically related to the samba.

    Category: Music and Dance

  2. a dance performed to this music.

    Category: Music and Dance

Origin of bossa nova:

1960–65; < Pg: lit., new tendency, leaning


  1. bossa nova(Noun)

    A lively Brazilian dance that is similar to the samba; the music of that dance

  2. Origin: From bossa nova


  1. Bossa nova

    Bossa nova is a well-known style of Brazilian music developed and popularized in the 1950s and 1960s. The phrase bossa nova means literally "new trend". A lyrical fusion of samba and jazz, bossa nova acquired a large following in the 1960s initially among young musicians and college students. Since its birth, it has remained a vital part of the standard jazz repertoire.


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