fan·​dan·​go | \ fan-ˈdaŋ-(ˌ)gō How to pronounce fandango (audio) \
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

Examples of fandango in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "7 Bay Area antique and collectible shows this fall," 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, "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 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,, "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

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“Fandango.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of fandango

: a fast Spanish dance

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