si·​cil·​i·​a·​no | \ sə̇ˌsilēˈä(ˌ)nō, sə̇ˌchi-\
variants: or siciliana \ -​nə \ or sicilienne \ sə̇¦silē¦en \
plural -s

Definition of siciliano

1 : a graceful Sicilian rustic dance in which the partners are joined with handkerchiefs
2 : the music for the siciliano in ⁶/₈ or ¹²/₈ time characterized by a lyrical melody with dotted rhythm and similar to the pastorale

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History and Etymology for siciliano

siciliano modification (influenced by Italian siciliano Sicilian) of Italian siciliana; siciliana from It, from feminine of siciliano Sicilian, from Sicilia Sicily (from Latin) + -ano -an (from Latin -anus); sicilienne from French, from Italian siciliana

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