tango

The noun tango usually refers to the Argentine tango, a dramatic ballroom dance, and the expressive music that goes along with it.

The tango is known for being a passionate, emotional form of dance in which the dancing couple hold each other closely and make abrupt — yet graceful — movements. The accompanying music is equally dramatic and varied, often featuring many instruments such as violin, piano, and bandoneón, a type of concertina or small accordion. The word tango is of Latin American Spanish origin, probably from an African root word.

Definitions of tango
  1. noun
    a ballroom dance of Latin-American origin
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    type of:
    ballroom dance, ballroom dancing
    any of a variety of social dances performed by couples in a ballroom
  2. noun
    music written in duple time for dancing the tango
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    type of:
    dance music
    music to dance to
  3. verb
    dance a tango
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    type of:
    dance, trip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toe
    move in a pattern; usually to musical accompaniment; do or perform a dance
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