Definition of cha-cha in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈCHäˌCHä/
(also cha-cha-cha /-ˈCHä/)


1A ballroom dance with small steps and swaying hip movements, performed to a Latin American rhythm.
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 or in the rhythm of 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, cha-cha'd or cha-chaed)

[no object]
Dance the cha-cha.
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.


1950s: Latin American Spanish.

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Syllabification: cha-cha

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