Definition of sega in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsāɡə/


1A style of music traditional in Mauritius, Réunion, and the Seychelles, characterized by a strong, syncopated beat produced by percussion instruments: the language is Creole, the local music is sega, and the cuisine, too, is Creole-inspired
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  • Jessica, from Mauritius, displays the popular blending of traditional sega music with reggae.
  • Bob's music pieces together elements of jazz, Gypsy swing, calypso and sega as well as the more modern hip hop and ska beats.
  • People in Betroka were playing sega and 'blues' (the common name for slow songs in Madagascar).
1.1The rhythmic, swaying dance performed to sega music: [as modifier]: you cannot return from the Seychelles without having acquired a new skill—sega dancing
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  • You can dine by starlight on the terrace, bringing you nearer to the nightly entertainment (dinner-dance bands, traditional sega dancers).
  • Mauritian sega dancing starts somewhere around the pelvis and doesn't stop until the dancers are limbo-arched backwards in a wild, shake-that-thing convulsion.
  • We ran the gauntlet of samba musicians and sega dancers.


Mid 19th century: apparently from Swahili.

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Syllabification: seg·a

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