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bolero Line breaks: bol¦ero
Pronunciation: /bəˈlɛːrəʊ/

Definition of bolero in English:

noun (plural boleros)

1A Spanish dance in simple triple time.
Example sentences
  • The dominant dance form was escuela bolera which dated from the early 19th century and fused Spanish dance forms like the bolero and the cachucha with elements from French ballet.
  • Through Spanish classic court dancing, developing such dances as the bolero, cachucha, and the later gypsy flamenco tradition, there existed a vast culture of what can be called theatrical-style dance.
  • Born in Elda, he grew up in Madrid and was sent to a dance academy where he studied flamenco, bolero, and folk dance.
1.1A piece of music for or in the time of a bolero.
Example sentences
  • As the Baptists gather at the water's edge, Hernandez puts the camera down and joins the congregation in hymns whose melodies are borrowed from the rhythms of tropical music and bolero.
  • To what are we listening in a bolero, the music or the words?
  • It is a feast of boleros delivered with flair by Ferrer, who intuitively conjures up the elegance and languid energy of that post-war singing style.
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2 (also bolero jacket) A woman’s short open jacket.
Example sentences
  • The women's collection consisted of boleros, jackets, miniskirts, mini slip dresses, tank tops and T shirts, as well as trendy shoes with trendy round front edges.
  • Long coats cost about £400, jackets £300 and boleros less than £200.
  • You can see the bolero jacket matched with bell-bottom pants or a sensuous tuxedo with lace trousers.


Late 18th century: from Spanish.

Words that rhyme with bolero

caballero, dinero, Faeroe, pharaoh, ranchero, sombrero, torero
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