What does samba mean?

Definitions for samba
ˈsæm bə, ˈsɑm-sam·ba

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. obeche, obechi, arere, samba, Triplochiton scleroxcylon(noun)

    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. samba(noun)

    music composed for dancing the samba

  3. samba(noun)

    a lively ballroom dance from Brazil

  4. samba(verb)

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

  5. samba(verb)

    dance the samba


  1. samba(Noun)

    A Brazilian ballroom dance.

  2. samba(Verb)

    To dance the samba.


  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  

How to pronounce samba?

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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.

Images & Illustrations of samba

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