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Definitions for Rumba
ˈrʌm bə, ˈrʊm-, ˈrum-; -bəz; -bəd; -bə ɪŋRum·ba

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  1. rumba, rhumbanoun

    syncopated music in duple time for dancing the rumba

  2. rumba, rhumbanoun

    a folk dance in duple time that originated in Cuba with Spanish and African elements; features complex footwork and violent movement

  3. rumba, rhumbaverb

    a ballroom dance based on the Cuban folk dance

  4. rhumba, rumbaverb

    dance the rhumba


  1. rumbanoun

    a slow-paced Cuban partner dance in 4:4 time

  2. rumbaverb

    To dance the rumba.


  1. Rumba

    Rumba is a family of percussive rhythms, song and dance that originated in Cuba as a combination of the musical traditions. The name derives from the Cuban Spanish word rumbo which means "party" or "spree". It is secular, with no religious connections. People of African descent in Havana and Matanzas originally used the word rumba as a synonym for party. Olavo Alén states that over time, "rumba ceased to be simply another word for party and took on the meaning both of a defined Cuban musical genre and also of a very specific form of dance." The term spread in the 1930s and 1940s to the faster popular music of Cuba, where it was used as a catch-all term, rather like salsa today. Also, the term is used in the international Latin-American dance syllabus, where it is a misnomer: the music used for this slower dance is the bolero-son. Ballroom rumba, or rhumba, is basically son and not based on the authentic folkloric rumba. Similarly, the African style of pop music called African Rumba or soukous is also son-based. The term is also used today for various styles of popular music from Spain, as part of the so-called Cantes de ida y vuelta, or music that developed between both sides of the atlantic. Flamenco rumba is a genre that is entirely different from Cuban rumba.

Anagrams for Rumba »

  1. Burma, umbra

  2. Burma

  3. Umbra

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Rumba in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Rumba in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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    a feeling of strong eagerness (usually in favor of a person or cause)
    • A. leaven
    • B. jab
    • C. hodgepodge
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