Definition of conga in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkäNGɡə/


1A Latin American dance of African origin, usually with several people in a single line, one behind the other.
Example sentences
  • Inside the Big Swan Stadium, celebrating England fans danced a massive conga through the stands, carrying Japanese children on their shoulders.
  • At 9.30 am, I find myself dancing the conga with 100 Ghanaian women.
  • Then the band played ‘Road to Amarillo’ and the guests danced the conga through the hotel, and the men played rugby in their kilts at midnight.
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2 (also conga drum) A tall, narrow, low-toned drum beaten with the hands.
Example sentences
  • The primary musical instrument is the conga drum.
  • Her traditional sokay sound comes from the harmonica and a conga drum known as a balah.
  • After a quiet intro where the interweaving trombone and sax establish the melancholy theme, the full band of drums, piano, congas, bass clarinet, trombone, and tenor sax aggressively joins in.

verb (congas, congaing /-ɡə-iNG/, congaed /-ɡəd/ or conga'd)

[no object]
Dance the conga.
Example sentences
  • In fact, redundant workers were so happy to leave the backbreaking tedium that they conga'd out of the factory, in spite of the scarcity of other work available in the Midlands.
  • There was nowhere to hide, but as they conga'd around the room, most of the audience didn't seem to care.
  • The scene where he congas has to be seen to be believed.


1930s: from Latin American Spanish, from Spanish, feminine of congo 'Congolese'.

Words that rhyme with conga

conger, donga, Rarotonga

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Syllabification: con·ga

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