- el Abrazo = the (tango-)embrace
- la Barrida = 'sweep', a move in which one foot of one of the dancers appears to sweep one of the feet of the other dancer along the floor. The move is in factinitiated by the upper body.
- el Cabeceo = 'nod of the head', traditional way of asking somebody to dance by first catching their eye, then nodding your head towards the dance floor etc.
- la Chacarera = an Argentinean folk dance in 6/8-3/4 time, often played and danced as an interlude during milongas.
- la Cortina = a short piece of music played between tandas to clear the dance floor
- Lunfardo = the Argentinean equivalent of Cockney. A slang spoken by Malevos from Buenos Aires.
- Malevo = a Ne'er-do-well (or, literally, 'Baddie')
- Milonga = both a social dance event and a form of music/a rhythm commonly faster than tango and played during dance events
- Porteño/a = a native of Buenos Aires (a 'Port-dweller')
- Tanda = a set of three or four thematically related songs played during the milonga. Tandas are often separated by cortinas.
- Vals = a 3/4 time rhythm played as alternative to tango during milongas