noun, plural tan·gos.

  1. a ballroom dance of Latin-American origin, danced by couples, and having many varied steps, figures, and poses.
  2. music for this dance.
  3. a word used in communications to represent the letter T.

verb (used without object), tan·goed, tan·go·ing.

  1. to dance the tango.

noun plural -gos

  1. a Latin American dance in duple time, characterized by long gliding steps and sudden pauses
  2. a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance

verb -goes, -going or -goed

  1. (intr) to perform this dance


  1. communications a code word for the letter t

n.syncopated ballroom dance, 1913, from Argentine Spanish tango, originally the name of an African-American drum dance, probably from a Niger-Congo language (cf. Ibibio tamgu “to dance”). Phrase it takes two to tango was a song title from 1952. A sensual ballroom dance that originated in South America in the early twentieth century.

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