Definition of lambada in US English:



  • A fast, erotic Brazilian dance that couples perform with their stomachs touching.

    • ‘Everything's dancing to a more snaky and curvaceous rhythm right now - a much more meandering and lateral lambada.’
    • ‘Amazing, but Valery can dance lambada right after a training session.’
    • ‘It's a kind of Latin joint full of sleazy men and girls who can do a passable samba, lambada or can just shake their hips.’
    • ‘The San Francisco Dance Center offers classes in ballet, flamenco, hip-hop, modem, tap, jazz, Brazilian, lambada, body alignment, and body work.’
    • ‘In fact, the word lambada is an obscure Brazilian Portuguese word, and refers to the wave like motion induced in a whip.’
    • ‘The coaches will school the dance couples in the rules and basic steps of each dance style, including Cuban salsa, boogie woogie, Argentine tango, disco, lambada, lindyhop, jitterbug and shag.’
    • ‘From tap to tango, Cuban salsa to the charleston, lambada to lindy hop, the most dazzling duos will be setting the dance floor and the nation's hearts alight in the hope of winning viewers' votes.’
    • ‘Well, I'd had just enough to drink that I pulled her in close and began a slow seductive lambada - ‘the forbidden dance.’’
    • ‘Movies, television, and theatrical productions depict Brazilians as doing little else than dancing the lambada and the samba (popular Brazilian dances) and participating in their world famous street parties.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The lambada is also from northeastern Brazil, and she capitulated to the current fad with two lambadas, but the rhythm is staid compared with most of her other material.’
    • ‘Dances range from lambada to pantsula, contemporary dance to Indian and West African.’
    • ‘The word lambada refers both to the rhythm - a fusion of carimbó and merengue - and to the dance, which incorporates elements of forró, samba, merengue and maxixe (the 19th century Brazilian dance which was a tremendous success in Europe).’
    • ‘The dances are waltzes, polkas, cha-chas, charlestons, fox-trots, tangos, lambadas, and two-steps.’
    • ‘The fact that the baby is still doing the lambada on all internal organs it can find is far more reassuring to me.’
    • ‘Everything's dancing to a different, more roundabout rhythm right now - so start thinking tangential tango, lateral lambada, snaky samba, magical mambo or curvaceous kind of cha-cha-cha.’
    • ‘If you can waltz, do the tango or even the lambada why not join Ballroom, Latin and Sequence Dancing at Twirles Leisure Complex in Northfleet?’
    • ‘Salsa, swing and the lambada will be the order of the day for a brand new BBC One series.’
    • ‘A typical salsa session can include anything from mambo to meringue and even the dreaded lambada, but there is no room for salsa pop or romantico here and the title ‘a beginners guide’ is misleading.’
    • ‘Joseph is one of the leading authorities on salsa and lambada dance in the UK today.’


1980s: Portuguese, literally ‘a beating’, from lambar ‘to beat’.