noun, plural tan·gos.
- a ballroom dance of Latin-American origin, danced by couples, and having many varied steps, figures, and poses.
- music for this dance.
- a word used in communications to represent the letter T.
verb (used without object), tan·goed, tan·go·ing.
- to dance the tango.
noun plural -gos
- a Latin American dance in duple time, characterized by long gliding steps and sudden pauses
- a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
verb -goes, -going or -goed
- (intr) to perform this dance
- 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.