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 Equally compelling was the jet black mohair bolero worn by Elvis star Austin Butler. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 6 May 2022 It was worn on the show solo in season 1, as was its matching bolero jacket, which was paired with a simple black mini in the pilot. Dave Quinn,, 24 Mar. 2022 When a coat or chunky knit is too heavy and a sleeveless top is too light, a bolero can provide just enough warmth to keep goosebumps at bay—all without adding bulk to your look. Jake Smith, Glamour, 22 Mar. 2022 Or warp a traditional Cuban ballad known as a bolero using an obscure Soulja Boy sample? New York Times, 18 Mar. 2022 Diesel also incorporated the texture into its spring 2022 collection, showing an asymmetrical bolero-and-skirt combo in denim. Frances Solá-santiago,, 17 Nov. 2021 Her first client was Colombian bolero and balada star Andrés Cepeda. Steve Knopper, Billboard, 23 Sep. 2021 Chilean singer-songwriter Mon Laferte is the kind of artist who can shift with ease from covering Metallica one moment to performing a heart-wrenching bolero. Washington Post, 11 Oct. 2020 Firmly distanced from their rock origins, the songs adopt a considerably gentler style, and its many recognizable voices lean toward the bolero. Sergio Burstein, Los Angeles Times, 1 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of bolero

1787, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 May 2022

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“Bolero.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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