Definition of Andalusian in English:


Pronunciation /ˌandəˈluːzɪən//ˌandəˈluːsɪən/


  • Relating to Andalusia or its people or their dialect.

    • ‘Hearing how bullfighters dramatically flirt with death in the work of an afternoon quickens the pulse; and wandering the old streets of Seville in the bright Andalusian sunshine cannot fail to stimulate your imagination, too.’
    • ‘The permanent collection in Málaga boasts around 200 exhibits and is housed in a stunning 16th century Andalusian building.’
    • ‘The tapas menu, Andalusian style, is divided into hot and cold dishes.’
    • ‘The Alchemist is the story of an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago, who ventures from his homeland in Spain to the desolate wastes and wondrous expanses of North Africa in search of a treasure buried in the vicinity of the Pyramids.’
    • ‘For the first time an Andalusian woman did not have to depend on a man for her living.’
    • ‘In Carmen, we not only present the story from a different point of view but also the elements that are part of Andalusian life.’
    • ‘In the countryside, especially along the northern coast and on the banks of the Medjerda River, the towns established by the last wave of exiles, can, to some extent, still be identified as being of Andalusian origin.’
    • ‘I barely touched the surface in my recent Andalusian trip, and realise I could probably never see all this magical region has to offer.’
    • ‘Eduardo was born in Tangiers to Andalusian parents in 1955 and is the seventh son of a seventh son, regarded in mythology as a magical son.’
    • ‘There is no question that nearly every type of Tunisian song and dance shows traces of Andalusian influence.’
    • ‘Spain is betting for Eurovision glory with Son De Sol, a trio of bikini-wearing Andalusian sisters.’
    • ‘Granada was the last Muslim territory in Spain, falling to the forces of Ferdinand and Isabella in 1492, the year Columbus set sail for the New World from Palos, near the Andalusian town of Huelva.’
    • ‘Combining Arabian and Andalusian style, the hotel has an outdoor swimming pool and is just a short walk from the beach.’
    • ‘Near the beautiful Andalusian village of Gaucin, Casa Gandolfo sleeps 10 and has a free-form pool, sunny terraces and a splendid high-ceilinged interior, decorated with antiques and hand-painted tiles.’
    • ‘They drank a glass of wine. They listened to a new album of Andalusian music until late into the evening.’
    • ‘So it is no exaggeration to say that what we presumptuously call ‘Western’ culture is owed in large measure to the Andalusian enlightenment.’
    • ‘Tolerance was an inherent aspect of Andalusian society, and from this, incredible advances in art, architecture, and technology were achieved.’
    • ‘Now its tangle of Andalusian alleys hide simple whitewashed homes, with long walls screening gardens as luxuriant as anything the Caliphs lovingly tended.’
    • ‘Built in traditional Andalusian style in Los Arqueros, just a few miles from Puerto Banus, this four-bed, four-bathroom villa has landscaped gardens and a small pool overlooking an 18-hole golf course.’
    • ‘Picasso carried on working with the Ballets Russes, creating a string of spectacles including a comedy of Andalusian life, Le Tricorne, which premiered at the Alhambra Theatre in London in 1919.’


  • 1A native or inhabitant of Andalusia.

    • ‘In the countryside, especially along the Medjerda River, the Muslim Andalusians who had created in southern Spain one of the wealthiest nations on earth, made Tunisia boom.’
    • ‘The Catholicism of Andalusians is distinguished by an especially strong belief in the power of intercession by saints and the Virgin Mary.’
    • ‘A guitar in the hands of an Andalusian produces the dark passion of Gypsies who play in the small villages as much for their own pleasure as for the few coins they receive for their serenades.’
    • ‘The other groups are the Galicians, Basques, Catalans, Levante, and Andalusians.’
    • ‘While some of the early pieces were tentatively played, Ben soon found genuine empathy with his audience and played De Falla's ‘The Miller's Dance’ with all the exuberance of an authentic Andalusian.’
    • ‘By the end of the nineteenth century, Tunisians distinguished between Moors, Turks, Jews, Berbers, Andalusians, Arabs, and various sorts of Europeans.’
    • ‘But his rivals' misfortunes aside, the Andalusian proved that he deserved victory, as he held onto his advantage in the last part of the competition.’
    • ‘Reflecting the Andalusians ' Moorish heritage, houses in the region have traditionally been designed with the goal of protecting residents from the heat of the sun.’
    • ‘Over time, the Andalusians ' acceptance of the paradoxes between this open lifestyle and their respective religions became unconscious, allowing them to freely explore a variety of ideas and opinions.’
    • ‘The aristocracy also embraced forms of popular entertainment that were seen as typically Spanish, flamenco and bullfights, where Andalusians and Gypsies prevailed as performers.’
    • ‘We wouldn't be surprised at finding the Andalusian on the eventual podium come Sunday.’
    • ‘In contrast to the passionate flamenco of the Andalusians, their national dance is the stately sardana.’
    • ‘In The History of the Maghrib, Ralph Mantheim states that the Andalusians introduced court etiquette, formalism and diplomacy into North African society.’
  • 2mass noun The dialect of Spanish spoken in Andalusia.

    • ‘Andalusia also has its own regional dialect - Andalusian - that contains words derived from Arabic, reflecting the region's period of Moorish rule.’
  • 3A light horse of a strong breed from Andalusia.

    • ‘What started in Spain as a celebration of the Andalusian crossed the Atlantic Ocean and made it possible for Americans to watch these wonderful horses in awe.’
    • ‘Freestyle Dressage by six Andalusians is breathtakingly choreographed and worthy of the finest classical ballet.’
    • ‘Shana and I train a variety of breeds - mostly Lipizzaners, Andalusians, and warmbloods.’
    • ‘‘They remind me of my father's Andalusians,’ she commented, as they descended the steps and he helped her up into the carriage.’
    • ‘By a strange turn of events, an accomplished English trainer from Norfolk, Donna Rae Walls, had contacted the Henslees via the internet, stating that she had always dreamed of working with Andalusians in Texas.’