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 Rosalía’s presence also marks a historic moment here: the Spanish flamenco-pop artist is the first foreign-language artist to be nominated for Best New Artist. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Here's Why Artists Who Aren't That New Keep Getting Nominated for the Best New Artist Grammy," 23 Jan. 2020 In traditional flamenco there is an exquisite rapport between singer and guitarist. James Parker, The Atlantic, "How Flamenco Went Pop," 21 Dec. 2019 This guitar’s rich tone is well-suited to many genres including classical, bossa nova, folk, flamenco, and softer rock n’ roll. Popular Science, "Kid-friendly guitars for the aspiring young strummer," 21 Jan. 2020 Rosalía was accepting the honor of Rising Star thanks to her recent streak of spellbinding art, but true Jauregui's words, her modern take on the flamenco of her native Spain -- specifically its Catalonia region -- carries tremendous history. Chris Payne, Billboard, "Rosalía Vows to Fight For Equal Representation of Women in the Studio at Billboard's 2019 Women in Music," 13 Dec. 2019 The blend of grapes from across Spain—including the regions of Priorat and Rioja—create an opulent flamenco of spice and ripe plum with a luscious finish. Vianessa Castanos, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Throw a Tapas-Style Dinner Party," 11 Dec. 2019 The fresh single, released after her breakthrough 2018 set El Mal Querer, pays tribute to old-school reggaetón, fusing modern flamenco and Middle Eastern sounds. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 100 Best Songs of 2019: Staff List," 11 Dec. 2019 The seven-brother group dance show features a fusion of ballet, flamenco, acrobatics and martial arts with music and technology, including Beethoven, Metallica and Deep Purple songs. Houston Chronicle, "The Go List: HOU-ATX BBQ Throwdown, Los Vivancos," 14 Nov. 2019 Rosalía took the stage, as presenter Dua Lipa gushed about the singer’s mix of flamenco, pop, reggaeton and dance. Emily Yahr, Washington Post, "MTV EMAs: 5 things you missed, from the show’s first K-pop performance to Liam Gallagher’s ‘Wonderwall’ moment," 4 Nov. 2019

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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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22 Feb 2020

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“Flamenco.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flamenco?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=f&file=flamen03. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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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