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1[mass noun] A style of romantic music originating in the Dominican Republic.
- ‘This new nightspot throws its first New Year's party this year with DJs Baby Boy and Rico spinning the hottest salsa, merengue, bachata, reggaeton and more.’
- ‘There's even a bachata band here, something I thought only existed in Santo Domingo.’
- ‘In 1990, however, the status of bachata began to change with the release of Bachata Rosa, a record album by Juan Luis Guerra, the well-respected merengue musician.’
- ‘The documentary will be screened at the Asociación de MÃsicos Latino Americanos, followed by a Q&A with Savino and a discussion of bachata's traditional roots and recent popularity.’
- ‘The album mixes up the rhythms, adding a couple of Cuban-flavoured boleros and even some Dominican bachata.’
- 1.1[count noun] A bachata song.
- ‘The 1960s bachatas refer to women subjects in the second person familiar tu form, whereas in the 1980s women are referred to indirectly, in the third person ella.’
Caribbean Spanish, literally a party, good time.
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