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cha-cha

Line breaks: cha-cha
Pronunciation: /ˈtʃɑːtʃɑː
 
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(also cha-cha-cha)

Definition of cha-cha in English:

noun

1A ballroom dance with small steps and swaying hip movements, performed to a Latin American rhythm: his feet begin to move in an unmistakable cha-cha
More example sentences
  • Latin dance - mambo, cha-cha, rumba, samba, tango, and so on - are Afro-Euro forms defined by the coming together of black, brown, and white peoples in the Americas.
  • During the past school year, the company performed the Argentine tango and the cha-cha to ‘Dance With Me’ by Debelah Morgan.
  • Looking on from my now four-year-old expertise, I watch with pride the basic steps of swing, cha-cha, rhumba, waltz, tango and other dances, and I feel like a new mother whose baby is learning to walk.
1.1Music for a cha-cha.
Example sentences
  • They both led bands in the 1980s Paris punk scene, and both now make genre-defying albums that combine radical street politics with an infectious cocktail of salsa, hip-hop, reggae, cha-cha-cha, ska and much else besides.
  • I did some Coca-Cola ads for South America and they wanted a tango, samba and cha-cha-cha music, and all of the basic ideas came from CDs I'd worked on for WMN.
  • Sergeant Garcia harmoniously combines salsa, son, cha-cha, ska, rumba and reggae when he brings his spicy and invigorating mix of the best Cuban and Jamaican beats to the Brewery Arts Centre, in Kendal, on Saturday from 8.30 pm.

verb (cha-chas, cha-chaing /-tʃɑː(r)ɪŋ/, cha-cha'd or cha-chaed /-tʃɑːd/)

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Dance the cha-cha: she cha-chas around in gold lamé pajamas
More example sentences
  • ‘You mean,’ I said, trying not to laugh, ‘that you don't cha-cha, boogie, or swing?’
  • Sandwiched in between are a group of beautiful young things who mambo, salsa and cha-cha their way through countless costume changes in a bid to inject some fiesta spirit into the proceedings.
  • Learn how to rumba, foxtrot, cha-cha and waltz and be the envy of all your friends at the next wedding you go to.

Origin

1950s: Latin American Spanish.

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