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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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.”

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The newest pairing explores rhythm and showcases Ensemble Español Spanish Theater, which performs flamenco and folkloric dance, and Trinity Irish Dance Company. Gia Kourlas, New York Times, "Dance in NYC This Week," 11 Jan. 2018 Built to house the Orfeó Català symphonic choir, today’s musical acts span from choral to pianists, jazz, flamenco, and operas such as La Traviata and Carmen. Gemma Askham, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Things to Do in Barcelona," 3 Mar. 2018 Portugal and Spain Virginia IruritaMade for Spain & PortugalIrurita has thrilled clients with coastal hikes along the cliffs near Sagres, access to members-only clubs in Porto, and private flamenco shows and wine tastings. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "2018 Top Travel Specialists We Trust," 19 Oct. 2018 Check out the intricate tilework at Plaza de España, squeeze in for tapas at the Bodega Santa Cruz, and when the sun sets, head to the Triana neighborhood for some flamenco, which originated in the city in the 18th century. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cities in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 For me, flamenco is a music that told the story of my life. George Varga, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Flamenco and jazz synthesist Chano Dominguez set for San Diego encore concert," 25 May 2018 Add Saul Quirós to a list that includes the brilliantly experimental Niño de Elche and the irresistible flamenco-for-the trap generation singer Rosalía. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Viva Friday Playlist: The Best New Latin Music From Bad Bunny, Silvestre Dangond & More," 29 June 2018 Young Spanish artists are taking flamenco and running with it. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Viva Friday Playlist: The Best New Latin Music From Bad Bunny, Silvestre Dangond & More," 29 June 2018 This season — its 40th — will feature 500 diverse performers representing 17 cultures with origins on five continents, from AguaClara Flamenco (Spanish flamenco) to Ye Feng (Chinese contemporary). Claudia Bauer, SFChronicle.com, "San Francisco’s Ethnic Dance Fest celebrates 40 years," 12 July 2018

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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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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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