Definition of flamenco
1 : a vigorous rhythmic dance style of the Andalusian Gypsies; also : a dance in flamenco style
2 : music or song suitable to accompany a flamenco dance
Recent Examples of flamenco from the Web
Mare Nostrum frequently hosted flamenco shows and live music.
Robert Simon, guitar music flamenco to smooth jazz, 6-8 p.m., Bella Terra Amphitheatre, 7777 Edinger Ave.
The cultural influences of flamenco are perhaps most apparent in its music.
His compositions are re-imagined via the Indian tradition as well as the intersection of jazz and flamenco.
Antonio Lizana, the Southern Spanish flamenco singer and saxophonist who appeared with his quartet, deserves mentioning again.
All of the interior scenes of bullfighting and flamenco on the walls of Villa Rosa are hand painted by the some of the best potters of Madrid, Antonio Ruiz de Luna and Julian Santacruz. 4.
All of the interior scenes of bullfighting and flamenco on the walls of Villa Rosa are hand painted by the some of the best potters of Madrid, Antonio Ruiz de Luna and Julian Santacruz.
Then there are the dance performances that cover a broad range of styles, from modern dance to classical ballet to ballroom to hip-hop to flamenco.
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Did You Know?
The Spanish word flamenco means “Flemish,” and its later usage in the sense “Gypsy-like,” especially in reference to a song, dance, and guitar-music style, has inspired a number of hypotheses about why the word flamenco came to be associated with Gypsies; however, all of these theories seem implausible. Perhaps more promisingly, in the later 19th century flamenco also meant “jaunty, cocky” and, in reference to women, “provocatively attractive,” The suggestion has been made that “Gypsylike” is a secondary development from these senses. The ordinary Spanish word for “Gypsy” is gitano, which like the English Gypsy, is altered from a word meaning “Egyptian.”
Origin and Etymology of flamenco
Spanish, from flamenco of the Gypsies, literally, Flemish, from Middle Dutch Vlaminc Fleming
First Known Use: 1896See Words from the same year
FLAMENCO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of flamenco for English Language Learners
: a fast and lively Spanish dance; also : music that is played for this type of dance
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