There are 2 main definitions of tango in English:


Syllabification: tan·go
Pronunciation: /ˈtaNGɡō

noun (plural tangos)

1A ballroom dance originating in Buenos Aires, characterized by marked rhythms and postures and abrupt pauses.
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  • The Argentine tango originated in Buenos Aires at the turn of the last century.
  • His main recreation remains ballroom dancing - tango, cha cha and waltz being his specialities.
  • Women dance flamenco and tango and belly dancing.
1.1A piece of music written for or in the style of the tango, typically in a slow dotted duple rhythm.
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  • I also like to skate to classical music, tangos and Arabian music.
  • There is always a tension in his music between the expressionist angst of contemporary classical music and the tango tradition.
  • He caps them with the theme rewritten as a polka/waltz, a tango, a czardas, in ragtime, and ‘in the style of film music.’
2A code word representing the letter T, used in voice communication by radio.
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  • It is very easy to be confused between the letters B and P, M and N etc. when speaking over the radio or telephone for example ‘TOM’ you would pronounce this as:- Tango Oscar Mike.
  • Our echo-tango-alpha is thirty minutes.
  • Golf Romeo Tango, turn left thirty degrees for identification.

verb (tangoes, tangoing, tangoed)

[no object] Back to top  
Dance the tango.
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  • They've spun, tangoed, waltzed, rumbaed, salsaed, funked, jazzed, hip-hopped and twirled their little hearts out and now they're sashaying off into the sunset in an hour-long final.
  • The dinner at the club is usually followed by a night of dancing, and at these galas, he is famous for tangoing and fox-trotting with every man's wife until the band packs up and calls it quits.
  • ‘I had this marine here,’ I indicated the crumpled form of the marine, ‘want to tango with me, so we tangoed.’


late 19th century: from Latin American Spanish, perhaps of African origin.


it takes two to tango

informal Both parties involved in a situation or argument are responsible for it.
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  • One doctor answered me, it takes two to tango so you cannot take the responsibility alone.
  • We endorse comments by both business associations that we have to find a way to have legislation which will have a wider impact than purely partisan values - but it takes two to tango.
  • ‘The company is bending over backwards to try to make this work because it is a very important initiative but it takes two to tango,’ he added.

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There are 2 main definitions of tango in English:


Line breaks: tango
Pronunciation: /ˈtaŋɡəʊ/

Entry from British & World English dictionary


[mass noun] British informal , dated
An orange-yellow colour.


early 20th century: abbreviation of tangerine, influenced by tango1.

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