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 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, "Portugal's 2019 Eurovision Song Contest Finalists Announced: Listen," 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, "2018 Top Travel Specialists We Trust," 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, "Portuguese fado singer António Zambujo focuses on the music of Brazilian icon Chico Buarque," 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, "12 Epic, All-Inclusive Honeymoon Itineraries," 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, "Portuguese fado singer António Zambujo focuses on the music of Brazilian icon Chico Buarque," 22 Mar. 2018 What Rodrigues is referring to are the two types of fado clubs: professional adega típicas and amateur tascas. Eliot Stein, CNT, "Why You Can't Miss Fado Music in Lisbon, Portugal," 24 Mar. 2017 The film has no original score to punch up its comedic overtones either, instead relying on existing music choices that are often tinged with melancholy, from Saint-Saëns’ morbidly named Danse macabre to the songs of fado superstar Amelia Rodrigues. Boyd Van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter, "'50 is the New 30' ('Marie-Francine'): Film Review," 1 July 2017 Mariza The fado superstar performs in the 100-seat Joe Henderson Lab. Jim Harrington, The Mercury News, "SFJAZZ releases blockbuster 2017-18 season lineup," 15 June 2017

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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 25 Nov. 2020.

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