bo·​le·​ro | \ bə-ˈler-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce bolero (audio) , -ˈle-rō\
plural boleros

Definition of bolero

1 : a Spanish dance characterized by sharp turns, stamping of the feet, and sudden pauses in a position with one arm arched over the head also : music in ³/₄ time for a bolero
2 : a loose waist-length jacket open at the front

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Model Bianca Balti launched her eponymous line of dresses and bolero jackets in September of last year. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Meghan Markle’s Hatch Dress and 3 Other Maternity Brands That Are Actually Chic," 11 Jan. 2019 In the Instagram photo, Chrissy is sprawled out on the sofa in a black bolero hat and a black dress with an up-to-there slit. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Chrissy Teigen Plays the Video Game Shantae Backstage at John Legend's Holiday Show," 19 Dec. 2018 There’s a black velvet shirtdress with jewel buttons and a contrast collar; a blush-pink ruffled knit tunic; a teal velvet puff-sleeved dress; a few simple cotton shirtdresses; and little bouclé bolero jackets to layer on top for a bit of structure. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Bianca Balti’s Sweet Line of Maternity Dresses Is Launching Today," 23 Sep. 2018 These came in varied lengths from bolero to hip to miniskirt and full length as a gown – especially fetching in off-white satin floor length jacket gown. Roxanne Robinson, The Hollywood Reporter, "Alexandre Vauthier Shows "Super Parisian" Couture Collection," 3 July 2018 Russian-style knicker pants – some created by tucking full pants into knee-hi boots or worn with a white shirt, bolero ties and cape hit the decade of excess era on the nail. Roxanne Robinson, The Hollywood Reporter, "Alexandre Vauthier Shows "Super Parisian" Couture Collection," 3 July 2018 Thick fabrics reminiscent of post-World War II styles were used evocatively in a midnight blue cape coat and a three-piece ensemble with a fringed spiral-sleeve bolero. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Dior celebrates the atelier, draws celebs to Paris couture," 2 July 2018 Gladys Palmera is the alter-ego of Alejandra Fierro Eleta, who bought her first albums in the 1980s, and was soon sharing her love for Afro-Cuban music, Mexican boleros and tropical soul via a pioneering Latin music radio show in her native Spain. Judy Cantor-navas, Billboard, "Latin Legacy: Digital Digging in the Gladys Palmera Collection," 22 May 2018 This bejeweled bolero looks great on Ross, who wore it over a draped black dress. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "I Love the Vanity Fair Oscars After-Party!," 5 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of bolero

1787, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of bolero

: a type of Spanish dance also : the music for this dance
: a short jacket that does not close at the front

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