Definition of jaleo in English:
noun (plural jaleos)
1A lively dance of Andalusian origin, or the music or handclapping that accompanies it.
- The jaleo itself is a jotilla, a kind of fandango, but it is based on the Andalusian scale.
- The Spanish Jaleo (also called Chufla) was usually danced impromptu by a supple, agile gypsy with castanets, to a guitar accompaniment and the haunting notes of an ancient love song.
- In Spain, the audiences shout 'jaleos' while the flamenco dancers' footwork and the tapping of her castanets move to the strumming of the guitar.
Mid 19th century: Spanish, literally 'halloo'.
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