Definition of montuno in English:

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Pronunciation: /mänˈto͞onō/

noun (plural montunos)

An improvised passage in a rumba.
Example sentences
  • On the cha cha cha ‘Escucha El Ritmo’, Oscar Hernandez gets to play some really nice montuno and jazz chops.
  • It is the montuno that went on to ultimately develop into Salsa which is popular all over the world today.
  • During the faster montuno section of the dance, the dancers may open up into moves where they don't face each other if they wish


Mid 20th century: American Spanish, 'native to mountains, wild'.

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Syllabification: mon·tu·no

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