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 Both packages include flamenco dancing entertainment. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Ring in 2021 with a bang & a bite," 23 Dec. 2020 Apt in a different way was the assignment of flamenco to Republic Restoratives. Washington Post, "‘Dance in DC’ short films capture the city’s spirit of entrepreneurship," 19 Dec. 2020 TikTok is full of replicable dances, but none are quite as exquisite as this pair of ostriches flapping their feathers in a perfect flamenco. Wired Staff, Wired, "The Best TikToks of 2020," 17 Dec. 2020 Rosalía fell in love with flamenco in those years, hearing it everywhere, especially blasting out of her friends’ cars. Julyssa Lopez, Vogue, "Rosalía on Ambition, Writing her New Album, and Embracing Extremes," 15 Dec. 2020 Classes cover many artistic genres, including art with code, drawing, comic art, flamenco dance, mixed media, and theater arts. cleveland, "Local temples set virtual Chanukah lightings; Brennan gives testimony in Columbus; more: Press Run," 4 Dec. 2020 With flamenco as the bedrock of her music, Rosalía is also the only Spaniard on the year-end Top Latin Artists chart. Pamela Bustios, Billboard, "The Year in Latin Charts 2020: Bad Bunny Is Back as Top Artist," 3 Dec. 2020 The biggest winner of the 2019 Latin Grammys, Spanish electro-flamenco star Rosalía, nabbed a handful of nominations as well. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, "2020 Latin Grammy Awards: Everything to know about tonight’s show," 19 Nov. 2020 Set in 2020 amid COVID-19 and the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, the videos feature flamenco dancers in the U.S. and Europe sharing quarantine stories through movement. Staff Reports Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "This weekend's virtual entertainment: The Jayhawks, U's School of Music and flamenco dancers in quarantine," 8 Oct. 2020

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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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13 Jan 2021

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“Flamenco.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flamenco. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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