Definition of villancico in English:

villancico

noun

  • A form of Spanish and Portuguese song with short stanzas and a refrain, originally a folk song, later used in sacred music, and now especially as a Christmas carol.

    • ‘Poets like Israel Najara composed a wealth of Hebrew hymns, some of which fit the tunes of well-known romances, villancicos, or oriental songs.’
    • ‘In the same composer's villancico Levanta, Pascual, levanta, the fast tempo underscores the hasty decision of two friends to go to Granada because ‘the word is that it has fallen.’’
    • ‘Later in this villancico, the tempo increases, percussion is added, and the guitar is strummed with joyful roughness - who wouldn't want to dance, hearing this?’

Origin

Spanish, diminutive of villano peasant.

Pronunciation:

villancico

/ˌviːjanˈsiːkəʊ/