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milonga Line breaks: mi|longa
Pronunciation: /mɪˈlɒŋɡə/

Definition of milonga in English:


1An Argentinian ballroom dance, the forerunner of the tango.
Example sentences
  • If women do the leg flicks and kicks in a confined milonga, there is a distinct risk of others on the dance floor being speared by a flying stiletto.
  • In the Strictly Dance Fever final, Danny and Jodie from Liverpool made it into second place dancing the Milonga.
  • Traditional European dances were mixed with the habanera, a popular dance from Cuba, to form a new style, the milonga.
1.1A piece of music written for or in the style of the milonga.
Example sentences
  • We went to bed, but were kept from sleeping until dawn by the drunken ravings of an unseen neighbor, who intermingled inextricable insults with snatches of milongas - or rather with snatches of the same milonga.
  • In turn, the milonga mixed with a dance that was performed in the streets by small-time crooks or 'compadritos' and the tango was born.
  • The fourth piece of the evening was a milonga (a popular Argentine song) sung by Rosario Guerrero whose vocal range and passionate expression demonstrated why she's called "La Tremendita."
1.2A place or event at which the milonga is danced: there are at least fifteen milongas under way late on any given night
More example sentences
  • If you go along to a milonga looking out to confirm preconceptions, you'll find them, such as the romantic notion that 'tango is a sad feeling danced'.
  • If you're misguided enough to think you can do it too, go to to an afternoon milonga - a participatory event where you can take lessons.
  • At La Catedral, a milonga with an indie atmosphere in the district of Almagro, the crowd is younger and the atmosphere relaxed.


South American Spanish, from Brazilian Portuguese milonga, 'angry or repetitive words, witchcraft', later referring to a lively dance; probably ultimately from a West African language.

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