bo·​le·​ro | \bə-ˈler-(ˌ)ō, -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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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 There were the rhythms of tango and bolero and cumbia. A.d. Amorosi,, "Juanes is a massive rock star in Latin America. Now, he's coming to Philadelphia," 23 Apr. 2018 The gentlest piece, the title track, is a bolero whose arrangement holds aloft ribbons of melody from Mr. Threadgill’s alto saxophone that sound like pleas. Larry Blumenfeld, WSJ, "‘Back to the Sunset’ Review: A Cuban Drummer Realizes His Grandest Dream," 2 Apr. 2018 The founder of one of the oldest musical acts here, Rodríguez croons boleros and lyrical anthems that at times quicken the heart and at others create a daydreamy lull. Author: Arelis R. Hernandez, Anchorage Daily News, "Exodus from Puerto Rico grows as island struggles to rebound from Hurricane Maria," 7 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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