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salsa

Syllabification: sal·sa
Pronunciation: /ˈsälsə
 
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Definition of salsa in English:

noun

1A type of Latin American dance music incorporating elements of jazz and rock.
Example sentences
  • Kidjo's style of music varies from Afro-funk, reggae, samba, salsa, gospel, jazz and rumba.
  • The concerts have featured internationally renowned bands playing music as diverse as African dance music, ska, jive, salsa and Bhangra.
  • Each solo covers one to two pages, and each presents a different Latin feel or groove such as bossa nova, salsa, Latin rock and Latin swing.
1.1A dance performed to salsa music.
Example sentences
  • Havana Night combines the traditional culture of Cuba with modern dance like the salsa, rumba, cha cha cha and mambo.
  • Two fields away the band is piping up, and a leggy 16-year-old is performing a convincing salsa with her 50-year-old father.
  • She came about being a dancer, well she got that from me to I love ballroom dancing especially salsa and ceroc.
2(Especially in Latin American cooking) a spicy tomato sauce.
Example sentences
  • Offering an incredible mix of chillies and salsas, the ‘Mexican Festival’ gives to its guests a chance to sample nine different variants of salsas, besides catching up with some great Mexican music.
  • Rob literally came dancing out of his kitchen with some corn chips and two salsas - one salsa fresca and the other salsa chipotle (hot with smoke dried Jalapeno chillies) and began to explain the cuisine.
  • Last time I went shopping for the ingredients for taco soup, I found a brand of salsa (I forget the name) that offered salsas in different flavors, such as roasted garlic.

Origin

Spanish, literally 'sauce', extended in American Spanish to denote the dance.

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  • sauce from (Middle English):

    This is another word that goes back to Latin sal salt, along with sausage (Late Middle English), and salsa (mid 19th century), which is simply the Spanish word for ‘sauce’. The Latin American dance the salsa (late 20th century) is so named because it is ‘saucy’. The expression what's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander implies that both sexes should be able to behave in the same way. John Ray, who recorded the saying in his English Proverbs of 1670, remarked that ‘This is a woman's Proverb’. Cups now sit on saucers, but in the Middle Ages a saucer was used for holding condiments or sauces, and was usually made of metal. The description saucy originally simply meant ‘savoury, flavoured with a sauce’. In the early 16th century it began to refer to people and behaviour, meaning at first ‘impudent, presumptuous’, mellowing into ‘cheeky’, then taking on suggestive overtones.

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