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

Examples of bolero in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So there was this link, the Brits were experimenting a lot with this bolero sound. Lindsay Zoladz, New York Times, "Gloria Estefan Wants to Get Inside Your Head," 11 Aug. 2020 The Mexican group, founded by Jose Guadalupe Esparza in 1979, is known for their authentic cumbia, ballads, and bolero sounds, fusing it with modern melodies. Jessica Roiz, Billboard, "Bronco Announce New Album 'Por Mas' & US Tour Dates: Exclusive," 22 Apr. 2019 Practically speaking, that translates into a style of jacket that zips apart to become a bolero (or, more aptly, an Eisenhower) and that resembles an ironic glamour take on hiker daddy gear from REI. New York Times, "At Milan Men’s Week, the War Lives On," 15 Jan. 2020 There’s also a beginner Latin group class that covers cha cha, mambo, merengue, rumba, salsa, swing, bolero, samba and hustle. Sarah Kuta, The Know, "Swing, salsa and samba: 7 spots where you can learn to dance on the Front Range," 28 Sep. 2019 Inspired by masquerade balls, the new fall and winter collection includes eveningwear such as a pink tulle ballgown, velvet blazer and pants, and a delicate pink beaded bolero. Los Angeles Times, "H&M unveils its sustainable fall and winter 2019 Conscious Exclusive collection," 17 Sep. 2019 Hunter went limp and a bailiff lifted the former judge, wearing a black dress and white bolero, by her underarms and dragged her away. NBC News, "Courtroom chaos: Video shows judge dragged away after her own sentencing," 22 July 2019 The waiters at the Musso & Frank Grill are like that — bossy and a trifle intimidating, softened by those fire-engine-red bolero jackets and all of those courtly manners. Michael Callahan, The Hollywood Reporter, "Musso & Frank Icon Sergio Gonzalez Served Stars From Sinatra to the Rolling Stones: "We Treat People Like Our Own Family"," 8 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of bolero

1787, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Bolero.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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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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