Adjective "samba" definition and examples

(Samba may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


A Brazilian dance of African origin.
  1. 'Musical groups danced the samba all the way, beating bongo drums and shaking tambourines.'
  2. 'Brazilian samba also appears in the global music and dance show, tomorrow from 6.30 pm.'
  3. 'They lit fireworks, danced the samba and waved flags emblazoned with the red star, but Brazil's left scored only a partial victory in a presidential race that now goes to a second round.'
  4. 'Already well-liked for her breezy bossa novas and sambas, Joyce has come to the UK with a tour, a fresh set of songs and a stylish six-piece band.'
  5. 'He is an experienced musician with specialist skills in percussion, rhythm, samba, composition and making percussion instruments from different cultures.'
  6. 'When the doors to the club are thrown open at 10 pm, music fans can expect a rare treat with two different DJs and three different live bands performing everything from salsa to samba to reggae to hip-hop.'


Dance the samba.
  1. 'Everyone's back on stage for the Carnaval Finale, and there'll be plenty of room for the audience to samba and share the festive spirit.'
  2. 'By the stereo, Mauro is trying to teach an Arabic Danish girl how to samba.'

More definitions

1. a rhythmic, Brazilian ballroom dance of African origin. verb (used without object), sambaed, sambaing.

2. to dance the samba.

More examples(as adjective)

"effects can be samba."

"schools can be samba."

"drums can be samba."

"bands can be samba."

"rhythms can be samba."

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Late 19th century: from Portuguese, of African origin.