Definition of flamenco in English:



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

    • ‘Tracing a melodic line from flamenco to raga, it's a subtly modulated burst of Hindu-lusian passion.’
    • ‘Lazily strummed blues to nervous flamenco in one short guitar solo.’
    • ‘Like the blues, born out of slavery, flamenco is more than music, it's an expression of Cortes's cultural heritage.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's been referred to as world music, flamenco, Spanish guitar, folk, etc, so how would you categorise it?’
    • ‘The virtuoso has further plans to explore ways of blending flamenco with classical music.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If you haven't investigated Latin folk, flamenco or jazz guitar before, this group is a wonderfully pure introduction.’
    • ‘While they're used to working with an accompanist, in flamenco the relationship is more interactive.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Elements of flamenco, indigenous folk music, and contemporary harmonic complexity run through Kaufman's work.’
    • ‘His eclectic work was written in 1945 and makes use of various styles such as cabaret, jazz and flamenco.’
    1. 1.1A 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.’
      • ‘They receive training in classical ballet, but also take classes in flamenco, tai chi, modern, and other dance disciplines.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This dance language is firmly anchored in flamenco.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He is a master of his style of flamenco and contemporary dance.’
      • ‘They come in expecting to see Mexican folk dance or flamenco.’
      • ‘As the recitalist said, there are many kinds of dance: maypole, flamenco, ballet, to name but a few.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Girls who take lyrical dance, such as flamenco, or character dance will often pull a long black skirt over their regulation leotard.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Show-stopping Irish dance leads into passionate flamenco and red-hot salsa routines.’
      • ‘Women dance flamenco and tango and belly dancing.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Horner decided to use the music and sounds of flamenco dancing during the sword fights.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It now offers twelve to fourteen classes a week to about seventy-five students in ballet, modern dance, hip-hop, and flamenco.’


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