One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in the south-western US and parts of Central and South America) a gathering for dancing.
- ‘By the late 1980s and early 1990s the bailes had ceased being dances and become venues for organised gang warfare.’
- ‘Now, there are at least a dozen DJ crews with enormous speaker systems putting on more than 100 bailes every weekend.’
- ‘Theoretically, the police could come in and shut the bailes down - but they aren't likely to even try.’
- ‘It is after midnight and Juca says it's time to go to the neighbourhood's regular Sunday night baile.’
- ‘Since police are unlikely to raid a baile itself, he's unlikely to be caught in the act of singing the song.’
- ‘The baile is at the top of the hill, where a bend in the street has created a large-enough space between ramshackle brick homes.’
- ‘At certain bailes, groups of men began to divide themselves into two sides and face one another across the dancefloor.’
- ‘The previous week, he left a baile in the early hours of the morning in his manager's car.’
- ‘For years, the underground bailes, or funk parties, ended in fistfights or shootouts between gangs.’
- ‘It was a childhood of bodas, quinceaneras, carnes asadas, bailes, misa cada domingo, with frequent trips to the other side de la linea, to Mexicali, where my relatives lived.’
- ‘They bankroll the bailes as a way of showing that they're investing in their communities.’
- ‘In 2000, the Rio state assembly passed a law setting strict conditions under which bailes could take place: such as obligatory metal detectors and start-to-end military police presence.’
Spanish, ‘dance, dancing’.
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