Borrowed from Spanish milonga, in turn from Brazilian Portuguese milonga (“chant”). Theories connect the word to the nineteenth century slave trade between South America and Africa. The ultimate source is unknown, but may relate to Kimbundu mulonga (“word”), or Kongo nlonga or Punu mulonga (“line, row”) in reference to dancers.
- A form of music originating in Argentina, Uruguay and Southern Brazil
2007 January 26, Gia Kourlas, “Watching a History Lesson That’s Told Through Tango”, in New York Times:
- In “Gath & Chaves,” a section named after a department store, women pose as mannequins but come to life to dance a tango, a waltz, a milonga and, finally, a mystifying number called “Hound Dog.”
- A dance which accompanies this music
milonga f (plural milongas)