flamenco

noun
fla·men·co | \ flə-ˈmeŋ-(ˌ)kō \
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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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 What to do Tapas tour Multiple locations sevillatapastours.com Shawn Hennessey and her team offer unique tapas tours of various lengths with the additions of flamenco shows and local markets. Sylvie Bigar, chicagotribune.com, "In Seville, Spain, young chefs are creating the next generation of tapas," 15 June 2018 Herencia Flamenca This celebration of Spanish flamenco features dancers Yolanda Arroyo and Angel Muñoz, plus singers and musicians. Matt Cooper, latimes.com, "The week ahead in SoCal dance: 'Herencia Flamenca' and more," 16 June 2018 She was first drawn to flamenco after seeing a friend perform. Dmitry Samarov, Chicago Reader, "Wendy Clinard and Akito Tsuda team up to create art out of the sights and sounds of Pilsen," 3 Apr. 2018 Mesmerizing singer and trumpet player Jenny Ball fronts the rollicking, multilingual group’s gumbo of flamenco, rockabilly, and Latin pop. Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, "Top Picks: 'The Insult' on DVD and Blu-ray, the Netflix documentary 'Mercury 13,' and more top picks," 25 May 2018 Her sound is an amalgam of different influences: pure flamenco, jazzy undertones and that classical training at the core. Helena Alonso Paisley, miamiherald, "Singer-pianist María Toledo brings unique talents to FlamenGO series | Miami Herald," 15 May 2018 The restaurant is popular with a troupe of Spanish guitarists, who play flamenco music between courses to the delight of their fellow diners. Stephen Heyman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Arles, France’s Old Arts Mecca, Is Also Its Newest," 1 May 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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flamenco

noun

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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