Definition of jaleo in English:


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Pronunciation: /haˈleɪəʊ
, xaˈleo/

noun (plural jaleos)

  • 1A lively dance of Andalusian origin, or the music or handclapping which accompanies it.
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    • 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.
  • 1.1A fast instrumental chorus in merengue music.


mid 19th century: Spanish, literally 'halloo'.

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