Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A sad Portuguese folksong.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A Portuguese folk song, usually featuring a single vocalist, Portuguese guitar and sometimes classical guitar. Lyrical themes are often melancholic in nature; the structure of the song is of greater importance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A Portuguese form of folk-song. See the extract.
  • n. A Portuguese dance common among the lower classes, or the music for it. The characteristic pattern of the music is

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a sad Portuguese folksong

Etymologies

Portuguese, from Latin fātum, fate; see fate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Portuguese fado ("fate"), from Latin fatum. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Luckily this time the choice is obvious anyway, beautiful fado from the Portugese side.

    Pop World Cup 2010: Round of 16 Match 7 – Honduras 2 Portugal 1 | FreakyTrigger

  • The music style known as fado, from the Portuguese for "fate," or "destiny," can be traced back to the early nineteenth century and is characterized by its mournful tunes and lyrics.

    The New Yorker

  • The word fado is derived from the Latin fatum and means destiny.

    TODAY'S ZAMAN :: News

  • The haunting and unique melody is called fado, the pride of Portuguese music, first developed in the mid-19th century.

    Coimbra's Fado Haunts

  • It was music forged in the clubs called fado houses in Lisbon, entwining Portuguese song with tinges of Arabic music and echoes of the Portuguese empire returning to that port city: from Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde and perhaps Macao.

    NYT > Home Page

  • In their playwrights' note, the composer and lyricist team describe being on vacation in Portugal six years ago and reading about the longing, urban musical style known as fado and the legendary fadista Maria Severa Onofriana in a Lisbon city travel guide.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • R The melancholy Portuguese music called fado was long practically embodied by the great Amalia Rodrigues, and the genre's recent renaissance has brought singers like Mariza, Ana Moura, and Cristina Branco to Chicago -- all of which might suggest that it's strictly a female art.

    Chicago Reader

  • Having been to Portugal a couple of times myself, and suffered that particular late night musical experience called fado, I would suggest that The Walkmen find somewhere else for the holidays.

    Evening Standard - Home

  • The fado is a dolorous folksong tradition from Portugal, first sung in the early

    Seattle Weekly | Complete Issue

  • Portugal's own musical genre known as fado -- or fate -- is hardly novel, though.

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