fandango

noun
fan·​dan·​go | \fan-ˈdaŋ-(ˌ)gō \
plural fandangos

Definition of fandango 

1 : 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

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Photo: Brian Harkin for The Wall Street Journal A big part of the appeal of son jarocho is the tradition of the communal jam sessions called fandangos. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, "The Folk Music That Inspired ‘La Bamba’ Finds a New Generation of Fans," 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, "Op-Ed: Alaska’s Pebble Mine Somehow Just Got Worse," 11 June 2018 This fandango has been going on for six freaking years. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "Texas Conservatives Really Know How to Waste Taxpayer Money," 25 Aug. 2017 Tickets purchased thru fandango and are transferable. Matt Miller, Esquire, "Here's How Much You'll Have to Pay for a Star Wars Ticket Tonight," 17 Dec. 2015 In the frenzied world of college basketball, a sport teeming with rabid tantrum throwers, for foot-stomping, fandango-dancing pyrotechnics, no coach was quite as entertaining as the man the players called Daddy Mass. Bill Lyon, Philly.com, "Family and coaching were Massimino's ruling passions | Bill Lyon," 30 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of fandango

1770, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fandango

Spanish

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fandango

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fandango

: a fast Spanish dance

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