- a Latin American dance, orig. of Colombia, involving short, gliding steps
- music for this dance, similar to salsa
Origin of cumbiaAmSp, probably from Spanish cumbé, traditional dance of African origin
- A Latin-American dance originating among African slave populations on Colombia's Caribbean coast and characterized by short sliding steps.
- The music for this dance.
Origin of cumbiaColombian and Panamanian SpanishCuban Spanish cumbé an Afro-Caribbean dance ; see bachata .
(usually uncountable, plural cumbias)
- A traditional style of Colombian dance and music, or a piece in this style
From Spanish cumbia