Definitions for salsaˈsɑl sə, -sɑ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sal•saˈsɑl sə, -sɑ(n.)(pl.)-sas.

  1. Latin American music blending Cuban rhythm with elements of jazz, rock, and soul.

    Category: Music and Dance

  2. a dance of Puerto Rican origin performed to this music.

    Category: Music and Dance

  3. a sauce, esp. a hot sauce containing chilies.

    Category: Cooking

Origin of salsa:

1970–75; < AmerSp, Sp: sauce

Princeton's WordNet

  1. salsa(noun)

    spicy sauce of tomatoes and onions and chili peppers to accompany Mexican foods

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. salsa(noun)ˈsɑl sə, -sɑ

    a spicy tomato sauce served with Mexican food

    chips and salsa

  2. salsaˈsɑl sə, -sɑ

    a Latin American dance

    to dance the salsa


  1. salsa(Noun)

    A spicy tomato sauce, often including onions and hot peppers.

  2. salsa(Noun)

    A style of music originally from Cuba heavily influenced by Spanish rhythms and jazz.

  3. salsa(Noun)

    Any of several dances performed to Salsa music.

  4. salsa(Verb)

    To dance the salsa.

  5. Origin: From salsa, from salsus, whence also sauce (via Old French).


  1. Salsa

    Salsa is a dance form with origins from the Cuban Son and Afro-Cuban dance. It is generally associated with the salsa music style, although it may be danced under other types of tropical music. lings of the people dancing. In many styles of Salsa dancing, as a dancer changes weight by stepping, the upper body remains level and nearly unaffected by the weight changes. Caught in the middle are the hips which end up moving quite a bit —- famously known as the "Cuban hip movement." Perhaps ironically, the Cuban Casino style of Salsa dancing actually has significant amounts of movement above the waist, with up-and-down shoulder movements and shifting of the ribcage. The arms are used by the "lead" dancer, to communicate or signal the "follower," either in "open" or "closed" position. The open position requires the two dancers to hold one or both hands, especially for moves that involve turns, putting arms behind the back, or moving around each other, to name a few examples. In the closed position, the leader puts the right hand on the follower's back, while the follower puts the left hand on the leader's shoulder. In the original Latin America form, the forward/backward motion of Salsa is done in diagonal or sideways with the 3-step weight change intact.

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a kind of herb used in cookery to decorate or add flavour to food.

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