Definition of bossa nova noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

bossa nova

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˌbɒsə ˈnəʊvə//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌbɑːsə ˈnoʊvə//
 
, NAmE//ˌbɔːsə ˈnoʊvə//
 
[uncountable, countable] Styles of music
 
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a style of Brazilian popular music, popular in the 1960s See related entries: Styles of music Word Origin 1960s: from Portuguese, from bossa ‘tendency’ and nova (feminine of novo) ‘new’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: bossa nova