American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An animated Spanish or Spanish-American dance in triple time.
- n. A piece of music for this dance.
- n. Informal Nonsense; tomfoolery.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A lively dance, very popular in Spain and Spanish America. It is danced by two persons, male and female. Both dancers use castanets, though sometimes the male dancer substitutes for them a tambourine.
- n. Music for such a dance or in its rhythm, which is triple and often based on the formula here shown: akin to the bolero, chica, seguidilla, etc.
- n. By extension, a ball or dance of any sort, especially in the formerly Spanish parts of the United States; hence, humorously, any noisy entertainment, with or without dancing; a jollification.
- n. A form of flamenco music and dance that has many regional variations (e.g. fandango de Huelva), some of which have their own names (e.g. malagueña, granadina)
- n. An unknown entity or contraption
- n. A shade of red-violet
- v. To dance the fandango
- v. figuratively To dance, particularly with a lot of energy
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A lively dance, in 3-8 or 6-8 time, much practiced in Spain and Spanish America. Also, the tune to which it is danced.
- n. colloq. A ball or general dance, as in Mexico.
- n. a provocative Spanish courtship dance in triple time; performed by a man and a woman playing castanets
- From Spanish fandango. (Wiktionary)
- Spanish, possibly alteration of *fadango, from fado, from Portuguese, sad song; see fado. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The term fandango, though originally signifying a peculiar kind of dance, seems to be used here for an evening's dancing entertainment, in which many different _pas_ are introduced.”
“Telegraph readers have been inundating the Letters page with examples of the curious fortunes of the word fandango in popular song.”
“The Rolling Stones whose lyrics feature the word fandango Photo: AP”
“They have also two favourite dances, called a fandango, and a bolero, both extremely lively and graceful.”
“The New Mexicans, both men and women, had a great fondness for jewelry, dress, and amusements; of the latter, the fandango was the principal, which was held in the most fashionable place of resort, where every belle and beauty in the town presented herself, attired in the most costly manner, and displaying her jewelled ornaments to the best advantage.”
“There is one thing that I think I shall regret leaving myself, and that is, the fandango and the two or three pretty senoritas one has been in the habit of meeting at it almost every night.”
“He might indeed go to their wretched "fandango" in the end -- they had all been urging him, Stephen, Medora, everybody -- but never as a cheap imitation of a swell so long as his own good, neat, well-made, every-day wardrobe existed as it was.”
“Early next morning, I left them playing their "fandango" play.”
“He's the kind of a guy who would put a lampshade on his head and dance the fandango if he thought it would make one person smile, and it takes a similar kind of Texas chutzpah to get up on the stage at the Carlyle, in front of debutantes and dowagers sporting enough jewelry to exceed the gross national product of Madagascar, and sing "Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”
“This kist makes me crazy especially since fandango has it advertised that they are selling the tickets.”
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