noun, plural lam·ba·das.
- a Brazilian ballroom dance for couples, with gyrating movements and close interlocking of the partners.
- music for this dance.
- an erotic dance, originating in Brazil, performed by two people who hold each other closely and gyrate their hips in synchronized movements
- 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.”