noun, plural lam·ba·das.

  1. a Brazilian ballroom dance for couples, with gyrating movements and close interlocking of the partners.
  2. music for this dance.


  1. an erotic dance, originating in Brazil, performed by two people who hold each other closely and gyrate their hips in synchronized movements
  2. the music that accompanies the lambada, combining salsa, calypso, and reggae

n.“sensual Brazilian dance,” 1988, from Portuguese, said in some sources to be literally “a beating, a lashing.” But others connect it ultimately to Latin lumbus “loin.”

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