Bachata definition

bə-chätə
A style of bolero music originating in the Dominican Republic.
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A Latin American dance for two people, performed to this music and involving a four-step pattern punctuated with a shake of the hips.
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Origin of bachata

  • American Spanish boisterous merrymaking, bachata shortening and alteration of cumbanchata augmentative of cumbancha boisterous merrymaking from augmentative or deprecative form of cumbé an Afro-Caribbean dance perhaps from Kongo kúmba to make noise

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition