za·​pa·​te·​ado | \ ˌzä-pə-tā-ˈä-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce zapateado (audio) , ˌsä-pə-tā-ˈau̇ \
plural zapateados

Definition of zapateado

: 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 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, "Veracruz by way of LA: Las Cafeteras blends Son Jarocho music with American pop," 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, "The Folk Music That Inspired ‘La Bamba’ Finds a New Generation of Fans," 8 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of zapateado

1845, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zapateado

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

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Cite this Entry

“Zapateado.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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