fa·​do | \ ˈfä-(ˌ)t͟hü How to pronounce fado (audio) , ˈfa- \
plural fados

Definition of fado

: a plaintive Portuguese folk song

Examples of fado in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Craving authentic Portuguese pastéis de nata and live fado music? Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, 28 Oct. 2021 Same for the child of Carminho, the Portuguese fado singer whom Veloso duets with on this new record. Washington Post, 22 Oct. 2021 At Tasco do Chico, renowned for its live fado music, a spot at the bar was available one minute before Saturday night’s first performance began. New York Times, 29 May 2021 The music of Osiris -- the alter-ego of Lisbon native Tiago Miranda -- embodies diversity with a mix of styles and sounds including fado, hip hop, techno, rock, kuduro and Bollywood and Arabic musical influences. Judy Cantor-navas, Billboard, 23 Jan. 2019 Portugal Gonçalo CorreiaTours for YouHe’s arranged dinner with a former president of Portugal, a private concert with one of the country’s top fado singers, and cocktails at the studio of artist João Figueiredo. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, 19 Oct. 2018 Zambujo deftly modulates his delivery away from fado’s darkness, bringing a lightness to the songs, and finding a beguiling balance between the music of his homeland and its one-time colonial outpost. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, 22 Mar. 2018 Other highly Instagrammable moments include a live fado performance in Lisbon’s Bairro Alto and a visit to a pineapple plantation at Fajã de Baixo on São Miguel. Ashlea Halpern, The Cut, 11 Apr. 2018 Purists of Portuguese fado might think António Zambujo is something of a philistine for his penchant for teasing out commonalities between the lyric, sorrow-laden genre and sounds from around the globe—especially breezier forms from Brazil. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of fado

1890, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fado

Portuguese, literally, fate, from Latin fatum

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“Fado.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fado. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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