fla·​men·​co | \ flə-ˈmeŋ-(ˌ)kō How to pronounce flamenco (audio) \
plural flamencos

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

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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.”

Examples of flamenco in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dance topped this category with four votes, including one for flamenco, which is a traditional Spanish kind of dancing, but also involves guitar-playing and singing. Washington Post, 19 Dec. 2021 Besides its history of flamenco singing and dancing, Granada is a European hub for the reigning hip-hop subgenre of trap music. Ben Reynolds, Travel, 4 Jan. 2022 Po learns flamenco dancing!), also contains its own entrancement. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 30 Dec. 2021 When the death of her grandmother unleashes a generational curse, a disenchanted flamenco dancer resigned to a desk job is forced to experience the five stages of grief through a visit from her female ancestors. Matt Donnelly, Variety, 10 Dec. 2021 The musical features an eclectic score of cumbia, blues rock, Mexican indigenous, country, Latin jazz, rock cha cha, reggaeton, flamenco and classical music. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Dec. 2021 Williams’s multicultural twist on the ballet classic, set in present-day downtown Boston, blends the traditional Tchaikovsky score with Duke Ellington’s jazzy version and features dance styles ranging from ballet and flamenco to hip-hop. Globe Correspondent, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Nov. 2021 Krieger not only brought a rock and roll sensibility to the Doors but other elements such as blues, jazz and even flamenco. David Chiu, Forbes, 26 Oct. 2021 And looking beyond Latin America, Rosalía continues to expand on flamenco in exciting new ways. Billboard, 22 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of flamenco

1896, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for flamenco

Spanish, from flamenco of the Gypsies, literally, Flemish, from Middle Dutch Vlaminc Fleming

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The first known use of flamenco was in 1896

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25 Jan 2022

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“Flamenco.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flamenco. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of flamenco

: a fast and lively Spanish dance also : music that is played for this type of dance

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