Definition of habanera in English:



  • A Cuban dance in slow duple time.

    ‘The influences that gave rise to the tango in the streets of Buenos Aires range from the Cuban habanera to Sicilian folk song and dance.’
    • ‘Traditional European dances were mixed with the habanera, a popular dance from Cuba, to form a new style, the milonga.’
    • ‘She's fashioned an album of salsa, calypso, habanera, mambo, meringue and other Caribbean rhythms.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, we can hear snatches of dances: bluegrass fiddle, ‘slow dancing’ from the Fifties, jazz riff, habanera or Latin rock, and so on.’
    • ‘Performers will need a strong rhythmic understanding to be secure playing with others while using the beat and style of ragtime, bossa nova, waltz, habanera, rock funk.’



/ˌhäbəˈnerə/ /ˌhɑbəˈnɛrə/


Late 19th century Spanish, short for danza habanera ‘dance of Havana’.