Definition of bolero in English:



  • 1A Spanish dance in simple triple time.

    • ‘Through Spanish classic court dancing, developing such dances as the bolero, cachucha, and the later gypsy flamenco tradition, there existed a vast culture of what can be called theatrical-style dance.’
    • ‘Together with Ignacio Berroa on drums and Federico Britos on violin, they round out a lineup perfectly suited to the subtle bolero.’
    • ‘I wore two costumes In Grand Hotel, but my favorite was the black one that we did the bolero in.’
    • ‘Born in Elda, he grew up in Madrid and was sent to a dance academy where he studied flamenco, bolero, and folk dance.’
    • ‘Tall and Latin looking with long dark hair and black saintly eyes he was dressed as if he had just finished a particularly strenuous bolero.’
    • ‘The dominant dance form was escuela bolera which dated from the early 19th century and fused Spanish dance forms like the bolero and the cachucha with elements from French ballet.’
    1. 1.1 A piece of music for or in the time of a bolero.
      • ‘Yelena wanted to play a bolero and not many people know it.’
      • ‘In the 1960s, the music resembled the slow romantic Cuban bolero and the lyrics of the songs were poetic statements about the pains and pleasures of love.’
      • ‘From rumba to bolero, Felip will explore the energetic and sensual roots of Latin songs and rhythms.’
      • ‘As the Baptists gather at the water's edge, Hernandez puts the camera down and joins the congregation in hymns whose melodies are borrowed from the rhythms of tropical music and bolero.’
      • ‘Her music is a reflection of her multicultural childhood in Mexico and her studies in anthropology in Minnesota, with its combination of Mexican folklore, boleros, borderland rancheras, opera, and American jazz and blues.’
      • ‘To what are we listening in a bolero, the music or the words?’
      • ‘We head toward the thrum and trumpet call of a loud bolero and enter the bar just as the six-man combo breaks into a loud rendition of ‘Chan Chan,’ the song made famous by the Buena Vista Social Club album.’
      • ‘Waltz rhythms are employed as well as tango patterns and even a touch of bolero.’
      • ‘On her latest album, she fuses African root beats with such disparate genres as meringue, salsa, calypso, bolero and ska.’
      • ‘As Haden rages against the machine, I see how the boleros of Nocturne are an answer to the saccharine junk we are sold everyday.’
      • ‘In this multi-layered video, the rosy romantic bolero heard on the soundtrack is interrupted when one of the lovers mentions how much she loves the particular song.’
      • ‘He was very famous in the '50s and '60s - doing cha-cha-chas and boleros orchestrally.’
      • ‘The original, Marshall says, was a bolero.’
      • ‘In 2001 his album of Cuban and Mexican boleros, Nocturne, won a well-deserved Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album.’
      • ‘It is a feast of boleros delivered with flair by Ferrer, who intuitively conjures up the elegance and languid energy of that post-war singing style.’
      • ‘On the bill is Maria Caridad Valdès, a 2001 Latin Grammy nominee who blends bolero, Cuban folk and jazz in an inimitable way.’
      • ‘Seduced by the Afro-Cuban tradition in general and the bolero in particular, the Martels originally staged their duets in a Montmartre restaurant.’
      • ‘The album mixes up the rhythms, adding a couple of Cuban-flavoured boleros and even some Dominican bachata.’
  • 2A woman's short open jacket.

    • ‘I've teamed it with the black bolero today to smarten it up.’
    • ‘Long coats cost about £400, jackets £300 and boleros less than £200.’
    • ‘Shrugs, scarves and petite boleros make a strong fashion statement.’
    • ‘The corseted dress was teamed with a bolero jacket and large hat.’
    • ‘Women among the Roma wear a traditional costume composed of a full, ankle-length skirt tied on the left side at the waist, a loose, low-cut blouse, a bolero vest, and an apron.’
    • ‘However, mothers and grannies of the bride need not be alarmed, as wraps, boleros and capes are very much in vogue for the service at least.’
    • ‘Ashton was now wearing the white shirt buttoned at the top; Audrey was wearing the bolero jacket with no shirt.’
    • ‘They wore big felt hats, their brims curled upwards, embroidered bolero jackets and cream colored chamois breeches.’
    • ‘Thankfully Tahlia added a warm, gold bolero so I would not freeze to death.’
    • ‘The standout collection features lacy beaded boleros, silk-chiffon cocktail dresses and burnout velvet pants.’
    • ‘A bolero jacket decomposed at the edges into layers of peach gauze, dotted with lace flower appliques and fur patches.’
    • ‘This consists of black pants, a colorful sash, white shirt, and a black bolero jacket.’
    • ‘The women's collection consisted of boleros, jackets, miniskirts, mini slip dresses, tank tops and T shirts, as well as trendy shoes with trendy round front edges.’
    • ‘The sensual, flowing designs are accompanied by must-have boleros of muslin and lace.’
    • ‘She looked spot on in her lime-green shift, with matching black bolero jacket, and black hat trimmed with green feathers, plus black choker.’
    • ‘Monday morning, however, Johnny found a new bolero jacket with bright red, green and yellow embroidery on the chair in his room.’
    • ‘A waist-length, brightly colored, handwoven woolen poncho is worn over the bolero, or sometimes thrown over the shoulder.’
    • ‘You can see the bolero jacket matched with bell-bottom pants or a sensuous tuxedo with lace trousers.’
    • ‘The collection included brightly dyed fox fur boleros, neat cardigans, or ribbon decorated sweaters worn with flowered skirts teamed with dainty accessories such as her heart shaped bag.’
    • ‘I want my beautiful bolero with the porcupine quills.’


Late 18th century: from Spanish.