fan·​dan·​go fan-ˈdaŋ-(ˌ)gō How to pronounce fandango (audio)
plural fandangos
: a lively Spanish or Spanish-American dance in triple time that is usually performed by a man and a woman to the accompaniment of guitar and castanets
also : music for this dance

Examples of fandango in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lia Cirio as street dancer Mercedes and Tigran Mkrtchyan as matador Espada smoldered in the fandango. Jeffrey Gantz,, 17 Mar. 2023 En Garde Arts’ bilingual and interactive play with music about a group of Latin American immigrants gathered to share their stories at a fandango event in the U.S. San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Sep. 2022 For fans of Latin jazz and socially stirring music of any kind, this fandango should be hard to match. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 June 2022 In the play, a group of these immigrants gather at a community center for a fandango, which is a festive celebration where stories are brought to life through live performance, music and dance. San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Nov. 2021 The festivities include a barbecue, hay rides, fandango dancing, a roping demonstration, music and both a live and silent auction. Steven Wayne Yvaska, The Mercury News, 3 Sep. 2019 At the same time, musicians from Veracruz began accepting invitations to travel to California to hold fandango workshops, amid a new wave of interest in roots music among American listeners. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, 8 Aug. 2018 To power this fandango, the company wants to lay a 188-mile natural gas pipeline under Cook Inlet. Christopher Solomon, Outside Online, 11 June 2018 This fandango has been going on for six freaking years. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, 25 Aug. 2017

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Word History



First Known Use

1770, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of fandango was in 1770

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“Fandango.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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fan·​dan·​go fan-ˈdaŋ-gō How to pronounce fandango (audio)
plural fandangos
: a lively Spanish or Spanish-American dance

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