- a Latin American dance of African origin with a repeated pattern of three steps followed by a kick: the dancers typically form a winding line
- syncopated music for this dance, in 2/4 time
- an elongated bass drum played with the hands
Origin of congaAmerican Spanish (danza)Conga, Congo (dance) from Spanish Congo, Congo: from the assumed African origin, originally of the dance
to dance the conga
- A dance of Latin-American origin in which the dancers form a long winding line.
- The music for this dance.
- A conga drum.
intransitive verbcon·gaed, con·ga·ing, con·gas
To perform this dance.
Origin of congaAmerican Spanish (danza) Conga Congo (dance) from SpanishCongo , of the Congo from Kongo -kongo Kongo language and people
- a tall, narrow, single-headed Cuban hand drum of African origin
- a march of Cuban origin in four-four time in which people form a chain, each holding the hips of the person in front of them; in each bar, dancers take three shuffle steps and then kick alternate legs outwards at the beat; the chain weaves around the place and allows new participants to join the back of the chain
(third-person singular simple present congas, present participle congaing, simple past and past participle congaed)
- To dance the conga.