Definitions

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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

Etymologies

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

Examples

  • Drinks are flowing, bossa nova's streaming from your fancy outdoor speakers.

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  • Although the songs of Jobim and company now reside in the international pop-music vocabulary, Trio da Paz and company remind us that the bossa nova was jazz to begin with, and jazz it will always be.

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  • It illustrated that bossa nova's gentle restraint wasn't incompatible with the more raucous styles of contemporary pop.

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  • Sip one to the sounds of samba and bossa nova and let your introduction to the São Paulo scene begin. dalvaedito.com.br

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  • But Ms. Gilberto—who is an artist-in-residence at City Winery this summer, with four more performances slated for August—has emerged from her family's shadow in the past 25 years by re-interpreting bossa nova's traditional motifs and layering its subtle guitar-based melodies with contemporary electronic sounds, strong percussion, even hip-hop.

    Gilberto Updates the Family Recipe

  • Mr. Valle's debut album, "Samba Demais," was released in Brazil in 1964 just as worldwide infatuation with bossa nova was surging.

    A Bossa Bigwig, Back From Brazil

  • He liked to hang out at the bar, have a martini, and take in an hour or so of bossa nova.

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  • At once warm and cool, this twinkly bit of bossa nova is a highlight of The Wailin' Jennys

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  • But Ms. Gilberto-who is an artist-in-residence at City Winery this summer, with four more performances slated for August-has emerged from her family's shadow in the past 25 years by re-interpreting bossa nova's traditional motifs and layering its subtle guitar-based melodies with contemporary electronic sounds, strong percussion, even hip-hop.

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  • So in this particular tune, he lists the names of some of the most important artists in bossa nova.

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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.

    _Wikipedia

    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.
    _Wikipedia

    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