Definition of milonga in English:

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Pronunciation: /mɪˈlɒŋɡə/


1An Argentinian ballroom dance, the forerunner of the tango.
Example sentences
  • Traditional European dances were mixed with the habanera, a popular dance from Cuba, to form a new style, the milonga.
  • Although the milonga has something of the air of the genteel, there is nothing outdated about this timeless dance, judging by the recent interest shown in it.
  • His talk surveyed the Kongo-derived underpinnings of tango, including candombe("strikes with blackness"), tangana("walk that walk"), payada (cowboy rap songs), and the funky milonga.
1.1A piece of music written for or in the style of the milonga.
Example sentences
  • Historians argue as to its exact origins, but most agree that tango borrowed from many influences - the hypnotic rhythms that African slaves beat on their drums (known as tan-go); and the popular music of the pampas, the milonga.
  • The dance was born in Argentina, via the local milonga and African Candombe rhythms.
  • In turn, the milonga mixed with a dance that was performed in the streets by small-time crooks or 'compadritos' and the tango was born.
1.2A place or event at which the milonga is danced: there are at least fifteen milongas under way late on any given night
More example sentences
  • "Some are really hot," said Roberto, a 53-year-old regular at Sunday's milonga in Hallandale Cultural Community Centre.
  • The milonga is not a place where women ask men to dance.
  • On Sunday they're scheduled to teach tango at the Pearl Studios before appearing as part of a milonga at the Alvin Ailey Center.


South American Spanish, from Brazilian Portuguese milonga, 'angry or repetitive words, witchcraft', later referring to a lively dance; probably ultimately from a West African language.

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