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Definitions for samba
ˈsæm bə, ˈsɑm-sam·ba

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. obeche, obechi, arere, samba, Triplochiton scleroxcylonnoun

    large west African tree having large palmately lobed leaves and axillary cymose panicles of small white flowers and one-winged seeds; yields soft white to pale yellow wood

  2. sambanoun

    music composed for dancing the samba

  3. sambanoun

    a lively ballroom dance from Brazil

  4. sambaverb

    a form of canasta using three decks of cards and six jokers

  5. sambaverb

    dance the samba


  1. sambanoun

    A Brazilian ballroom dance.

  2. sambaverb

    To dance the samba.


  1. Samba

    Samba is a free software re-implementation of the SMB networking protocol, and was originally developed by Andrew Tridgell. Samba provides file and print services for various Microsoft Windows clients and can integrate with a Microsoft Windows Server domain, either as a Domain Controller (DC) or as a domain member. As of version 4, it supports Active Directory and Microsoft Windows NT domains. Samba runs on most Unix-like systems, such as Linux, Solaris, AIX and the BSD variants, including Apple's macOS Server, and macOS client (Mac OS X 10.2 and greater). Samba also runs on a number of other operating systems such as OpenVMS and IBM i. Samba is standard on nearly all distributions of Linux and is commonly included as a basic system service on other Unix-based operating systems as well. Samba is released under the terms of the GNU General Public License. The name Samba comes from SMB (Server Message Block), the name of the proprietary protocol used by the Microsoft Windows network file system.


  1. samba

    Samba is a lively, rhythmic dance of Afro-Brazilian origin characterized by rapid steps and distinctive hip movements. It's danced to the music of the same name, which has a rhythmic pattern following a quick-quick-slow beat. Samba is also noted for its use of colorful, extravagant costumes during performances. It has become one of the most popular dances in Brazil, especially during the annual Carnival festival. Additionally, samba serves as the national symbol and its rhythm has become influential in various areas of Brazilian culture including music, dance, and the visual arts.


  1. Samba

    Samba is a Brazilian dance and musical genre originating in Bahia, Brazil, and with its roots in Rio de Janeiro and Africa via the West African slave trade and African religious traditions. It is recognized around the world as a symbol of Brazil and the Brazilian Carnival. Considered one of the most popular Brazilian cultural expressions, samba has become an icon of Brazilian national identity. The Bahian Samba de Roda, which became a UNESCO Heritage of Humanity in 2005, is the main root of the samba carioca, the samba that is played and danced in Rio de Janeiro. The modern samba that emerged at the beginning of the 20th century is predominately in a 2/4 tempo varied with the conscious use of a sung chorus to a batucada rhythm, with various stanzas of declaratory verses. Traditionally, the samba is played by strings and various percussion instruments such as tamborim. Influenced by American orchestras in vogue since the Second World War and the cultural impact of US music post-war, samba began to use trombones, trumpets, choros, flutes, and clarinets. In addition to distinct rhythms and bar, samba brings a whole historical culture of food, varied dances, parties, clothes such as linen shirts, and the NAIF painting of established names such as Nelson Sargento, Guilherme de Brito, and Heitor dos Prazeres. Anonymous community artists, including painters, sculptors, designers, and stylists, make the clothes, costumes, carnival floats, and cars, opening the doors of schools of samba. There are also a great tradition of Balroom samba in brazil, with many styles. Samba de Gafieira is the style more famous in Rio de Janeiro, where comom people used to go to the gafieira parties since the 30's, and where the moves and indentity of this dance has emerged, getting more and more different from its african, european, argentinian and cubam origins and influences.

Editors Contribution

  1. SAMBA

    a dance and tune sang by the brazilians

    Submitted by anonymous on May 14, 2019  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SAMBA

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Samba is ranked #55386 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Samba surname appeared 371 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Samba.

    84.3% or 313 total occurrences were Black.
    8.3% or 31 total occurrences were Asian.
    3.5% or 13 total occurrences were White.
    2.7% or 10 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of samba in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of samba in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of samba in a Sentence

  1. Omar Sy:

    It means a lot for me to play Samba and to tell that story because of my own story of course.

  2. Nick Lucena:

    We molded Cherif Samba and Ahmed Tijan up in Florida, and now we’re letting Cherif Samba and Ahmed Tijan loose.

  3. Julio Barbosa:

    I've been dreaming about this. The first thing I would do is go to a samba and hug my friends. I would even lick the beer that drips on the counter.

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