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cumbia Syllabification: cum·bi·a
Pronunciation: /ˈkəmbēə/

Definition of cumbia in English:


1A kind of dance music of Colombian origin, similar to salsa.
Example sentences
  • Colombian cumbia and salsa music are popular with young people in urban areas.
  • This phrase arose among a group of New York City musicians during the late 1970s and early 1980s to explain some important, however unrecognized, similarities in salsa, cumbia, and jazz ensembles.
  • This band mixes all kinds of sounds and genres, including cumbia, hip-hop, salsa, funk, and space-rock.
1.1A dance performed to cumbia music.
Example sentences
  • ‘I see you are a woman who knows how to dress herself,’ he purred as we danced a tasty cumbia.
  • Some compared the quebradita dancing style to the Mexican equivalent of dirty dancing, others as a mixture of lambada, cumbia, salsa, flamenco, tango, and the Texas two-step.
  • Originally from Colombia, cumbia has traditionally been a sickly-sweet, anodyne affair for dancing couples.


1940s: from Colombian Spanish, perhaps from Spanish cumbé.

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