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 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 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

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First Known Use of bolero

1787, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Bolero.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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