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
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.”
Origin and Etymology of flamenco
Spanish, from flamenco of the Gypsies, literally, Flemish, from Middle Dutch Vlaminc Fleming
First Known Use: 1896
FLAMENCO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of flamenco for English Language Learners
: a fast and lively Spanish dance; also : music that is played for this type of dance
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