Definition of habanera in English:


Syllabification: ha·ba·ne·ra
Pronunciation: /ˌhäbəˈne(ə)rə, -ˈny(ə)rə


  • A Cuban dance in slow duple time.
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    • The influences that gave rise to the tango in the streets of Buenos Aires range from the Cuban habanera to Sicilian folk song and dance.
    • Traditional European dances were mixed with the habanera, a popular dance from Cuba, to form a new style, the milonga.
    • She's fashioned an album of salsa, calypso, habanera, mambo, meringue and other Caribbean rhythms.


late 19th century: Spanish, short for danza habanera 'dance of Havana'.

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