Samba definition

sămbə, säm-
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The music for this dance.
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Music for this dance.
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A Brazilian dance in duple meter of African origin, performed in groups, by couples, or as a solo.
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To perform this dance.
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A Brazilian dance of African origin, in duple time, with a syncopated rhythm.
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To dance the samba.
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(SaMBa) Software that allows a Unix server to act as a file server to Windows clients. Samba is a free, open source implementation of the CIFS file sharing protocol, which evolved from SMB, hence the SMB in SaMBa. Samba runs under Linux, FreeBSD and other Unix variants. It can be used with any modern PC as well as other hardware, but due to its efficiency, it also lends itself to old 486s that are recycled to serve as inexpensive file, print and backup servers in a Windows environment. See SMB.
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A Brazilian ballroom dance.
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To dance the samba.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
samba
Plural:
sambas

Origin of samba

  • Portuguese perhaps from Kongo semba dance move in which partners thrust out their bellies and touch navels

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

  • From Wiktionary