Definition of flamenco in US English:



  • 1A style of Spanish music, played especially on the guitar and accompanied by singing and dancing.

    • ‘His eclectic work was written in 1945 and makes use of various styles such as cabaret, jazz and flamenco.’
    • ‘Like the blues, born out of slavery, flamenco is more than music, it's an expression of Cortes's cultural heritage.’
    • ‘You do pick up a lot about flamenco as Webster learns guitar from intense Juan, who dresses in red and lives in a red apartment.’
    • ‘Elements of flamenco, indigenous folk music, and contemporary harmonic complexity run through Kaufman's work.’
    • ‘Lazily strummed blues to nervous flamenco in one short guitar solo.’
    • ‘The pairing of a veteran Cuban pianist with one of the rising stars of flamenco on a selection of Cuban and other Latin American standards seems to be a case in point.’
    • ‘Tracing a melodic line from flamenco to raga, it's a subtly modulated burst of Hindu-lusian passion.’
    • ‘If you haven't investigated Latin folk, flamenco or jazz guitar before, this group is a wonderfully pure introduction.’
    • ‘The virtuoso has further plans to explore ways of blending flamenco with classical music.’
    • ‘Picasso frequently played flamenco on the weathered guitar - until the man who taught him how to play asked the artist to pay up for his services.’
    • ‘Music runs from funky flamenco to lively acid jazz, and the sheer glamour of the design will make you think you're in a movie.’
    • ‘Their dialectic is a reminder that flamenco is foremost an improvisational music, and in the hands of Morente and her collaborators remains a living, breathing tradition.’
    • ‘It's been referred to as world music, flamenco, Spanish guitar, folk, etc, so how would you categorise it?’
    • ‘While they're used to working with an accompanist, in flamenco the relationship is more interactive.’
    1. 1.1 A style of spirited, rhythmical dance performed to flamenco music, often with castanets.
      • ‘Born in Elda, he grew up in Madrid and was sent to a dance academy where he studied flamenco, bolero, and folk dance.’
      • ‘We find this quality in jazz and tap as well as in Euro-Afro dance forms such as flamenco and in world forms from Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent.’
      • ‘Some of these dance forms, such as flamenco and hula are almost as known and loved by local audiences as are the Western dances of ballet and tap.’
      • ‘Dressed in traditional costume, this is an opportunity to show off their horses and horsemanship, to call on friends, to dance flamenco, to eat, drink and be merry.’
      • ‘They receive training in classical ballet, but also take classes in flamenco, tai chi, modern, and other dance disciplines.’
      • ‘Girls who take lyrical dance, such as flamenco, or character dance will often pull a long black skirt over their regulation leotard.’
      • ‘Women dance flamenco and tango and belly dancing.’
      • ‘These classically trained ballet dancers transitioned entirely into flamenco catching the style, impulse and eclat of the genre.’
      • ‘While essentially a guide for students of Spanish dance, especially flamenco, the book proclaims the author's passion for his art.’
      • ‘It now offers twelve to fourteen classes a week to about seventy-five students in ballet, modern dance, hip-hop, and flamenco.’
      • ‘Show-stopping Irish dance leads into passionate flamenco and red-hot salsa routines.’
      • ‘In the early development of flamenco, the rhythm work was done in bare feet, so for me, the footwork is somewhat comparable to American Indian dance.’
      • ‘He spent one year there performing flamenco, jazz, and Latino dances in clubs and restaurants.’
      • ‘The fusion of tap with flamenco, flamenco with Indian classical dance, or tap with Indian is not new in the experimentation of the foot cultures of the world.’
      • ‘They come in expecting to see Mexican folk dance or flamenco.’
      • ‘Horner decided to use the music and sounds of flamenco dancing during the sword fights.’
      • ‘We get an occasional article or news item written about us and go for months without a word about what is happening in the world of Spanish dance and flamenco.’
      • ‘This dance language is firmly anchored in flamenco.’
      • ‘He is a master of his style of flamenco and contemporary dance.’
      • ‘As the recitalist said, there are many kinds of dance: maypole, flamenco, ballet, to name but a few.’


Late 19th century: Spanish, ‘like a Gypsy’, literally ‘Fleming’, from Middle Dutch Vlaminc.