tar·​an·​tel·​la | \ ˌter-ən-ˈte-lə How to pronounce tarantella (audio) , ˌta-rən-ˈte-lə\

Definition of tarantella

: a lively folk dance of southern Italy in ⁶/₈ time

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After match point against Wozniacki, as Sergio did a tarantella in the stands, Camila stood beaming on the court. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Camila Giorgi Has Talent to Stay on Tour, But Finding Finances a Struggle," 10 Jan. 2014 Mozart’s concerto remains aurally aloof from such politics; even the seemingly Sicilian-appropriate tarantella-like rhythms of the finale are, in all likelihood, coincidental. Matthew Guerrieri, BostonGlobe.com, "Mozart for an era of political machinations," 28 June 2018 Around him, the kitchen was a tarantella of activity: four cooks grilled rack of lamb, another rinsed lettuce and yet another arranged grilled vegetables on a platter. Mark Landler, New York Times, "A National Security Aide’s Departing Wish: Cooking for the State Dinner," 24 Apr. 2018 Joseph Society Pre-Parade Party was in full swing Italian flags flew while young ladies -- maids -- danced the tarantella accompanied with music sung by Lena Prima and society President Peter Gilberti. Sue Strachan, NOLA.com, "Tarantella, cookies and amore: Italian American Marching Club Pre-Parade Party," 6 Mar. 2018 A small sampling of those that, with profound regret, had to be left by the wayside, may indicate the scale and manic scope of this tarantella of travel writing: A former cult member tries to bicycle around the world. Simon Winchester, New York Times, "Hollywood: ‘Stanley Kubrick and Me,’ and More JUNE 1, 2016," 1 June 2016 Just last week, One Direction star turned solo adventurer Harry Styles teased some new music and the world danced a mad and gleeful tarantella. Richard Lawson, Vanities, "Harry Styles Has Stopped Googling His Dates," 6 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of tarantella

1782, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tarantella

Italian, from Taranto, Italy

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