za·​pa·​te·​ado ˌzä-pə-tā-ˈä-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce zapateado (audio)
plural zapateados
: a Latin American dance marked by rhythmic stamping or tapping of the feet

Examples of zapateado in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The piece is dance- and live-music-based, employing a mix of the Mexican tap style zapateado, jazz, Afro-Caribbean rhythms, the regional music genre son jarocho from Veracruz, video and narration. Dallas News, 21 Sep. 2022 The Chicano band is known for its eclectic blend of folk and spoken word with traditional Son Jarocho — the music style from Veracruz, Mexico — along with zapateado dancing and Afro-Mexican music. Samantha Davenport, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Jan. 2020 Women and girls wearing the typical dress of Mexico’s Veracruz state perform the traditional, percussive zapateado dancing in hard-soled shoes on a makeshift wooden stage during the fiesta of St. James the Apostle in Chacalapa, Veracruz. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, 8 Aug. 2018

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Word History


Spanish, from zapatear to strike or tap with the shoe, from zapato shoe

First Known Use

1845, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of zapateado was in 1845

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Cite this Entry

“Zapateado.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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