Definition of fandango in English:


Syllabification: fan·dan·go
Pronunciation: /fanˈdaNGgō

noun (plural fandangoes or fandangos)

  • 1A lively Spanish dance for two people, typically accompanied by castanets or tambourine.
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    • Jeanette MacDonald and Archie Leach, a chores boy who will soon be known as Cary Grant, dance a fandango in Boom Boom.
    • As Beryl remarked afterwards, if only she'd had her castanets with her she'd have been rattling away and dancing a fandango.
    • Other folk dances include the yuca, the sarambo, the zapateo, and the fandango.
  • 2A foolish or useless act or thing: the Washington inaugural fandango
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    • We have pre-published books, ready to walk, talk and do the fandango several months before they actually hit the bookstores.
    • We gazed at the sunset, a flame-grilled tropical sky, and watched the lights on the yachts glow, while somewhere behind us touring buskers were firing off a fandango of skirling tunes.
    • The centre also has all the high-tech fandango - video analysis, man v ball machine - although, frankly, this is a place where the spa treatments are as important as the tennis itself.


mid 18th century: Spanish, of unknown origin.

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