from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A dance style of the Andalusian Romani people, characterized by forceful, often improvised rhythms.
  • noun A dance in this style.
  • noun The guitar music that usually accompanies a dance in this style.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The Mexican name of a species of snapper, Lutianus guttatus, a common food-fish of the Panama region.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun a strongly rhythmic and vigorous style of dancing characteristic of the Andalusian gypsies, characterized by clapping and stamping of feet.
  • noun (Mus.) a strongly rhythmic style of music originating in southern Spain, often improvisatorial, performed by itself, often on a guitar, or as an accompaniment to flamenco dancing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable A genre of folk music and dance native to Andalusia, in Spain.
  • noun countable A song or dance performed in such a style.

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

  • noun guitar music composed for dancing the flamenco
  • noun a style of dancing characteristic of the Andalusian Gypsies; vigorous and rhythmic with clapping and stamping of feet


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

[Spanish, Flemish, from Middle Dutch Vlāming, Fleming.]

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From Spanish flamenco.


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  • In your acknowledgments, you not only thank your teachers in flamenco, but also the astonishing guitarists who elucidated and inspired you.

    A Conversation with Sarah Bird, author of the novel The Flamenco Academy 2010

  • The other daunting fact I learned about flamenco is that it is an insider’s art.

    A Conversation with Sarah Bird, author of the novel The Flamenco Academy 2010

  • Learned to dance flamenco from a gypsy in Granada.

    Breakfast in Bed desayunoencama 2005

  • Evolved over hundreds of years and combining various influences from the history of the region - Gypsy, Sephardic, Moorish, Byzantine, and Latin American - flamenco is best to watch at fairs, where locals, often the best traditional flamenco dancers, who learned from childhood by watching relatives, burst into clamorous performances of stomping and clapping.

    The Prague Post Staff Writer 2010

  • Indeed the passionate singing, dancing, and playing of flamenco, which is an authentic form of expression in the gitano community, remains an exotic flavor for the rest of Spain.

    Modiba: From Spain's Storied South, Diverging Voices 2009

  • I think my type of flamenco fusion, which carries a more universal message, perhaps won't appeal as much to the Japanese as does traditional flamenco, which is closer to its [own] roots.

    The King Of Flamenco 2008

  • At first I think it is Portuguese fado; then I realize it is flamenco, which is also characterized by passion and profound sadness.

    Excerpt: By The Light of My Father's Smile by Alice Walker 1998

  • Tomatito is one of the leaders of a movement that has been called flamenco nuevo, which combines Spanish flamenco guitar with other Latin forms.

    WeLove-music 2009

  • Their music had been described as flamenco and Roma rhapsody meeting salsa funk.

    SofiaEcho RSS feed 2008

  • Some highlights of the past week: Rocio Molina, new kind of flamenco diva, and NYCB's glorious return to Balanchine

    ArtsJournal: Daily Arts News 2010


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