from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A style of popular Brazilian music derived from the samba but with more melodic and harmonic complexity and less emphasis on percussion.
  • n. A lively Brazilian dance that is similar to the samba.

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  • n. A lively Brazilian dance that is similar to the samba; the music of that dance


Portuguese : bossa, trend + nova, new.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Portuguese bossa nova ("new trend, new wave") (Wiktionary)


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  • Bossa nova was a fad dance that corresponded to the bossa nova music. It was introduced in 1960 and faded out in the mid-sixties.

    Bossa nova music, soft and with sophisticated vocal rhythms and improvisations, is well suited for listening, but failed to become dance music, despite heavy promotion for it as yet another dance craze of 1960s.

    The style of basic dance steps suited the music, though. It was danced on soft knees that allowed for sideways sways with hip motions. It could be danced both solo and in pairs.

    There were about ten various simple step sentences published.


    February 25, 2008

  • Bossa Nova is a style of Brazilian music popularized by Vinicius de Moraes, Antônio Carlos Jobim and João Gilberto. Bossa Nova acquired a large following, initially by young musicians and college students. Although the Bossa Nova movement only lasted six years (1958-63), it contributed a number of songs to the standard jazz repertoire.

    Excerpt from the lyrics to Blame It On the Bossa Nova by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil as performed by Eydie Gorme

    Blame it on the bossa nova with its magic spell
    Blame it on the bossa nova that he did so well
    Oh, it all began with just one little dance
    But then it ended up a big romance
    Blame it on the bossa nova
    The dance of love

    February 4, 2008