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Borrowed from Spanish fandango, of uncertain origin. Possibly related to Portuguese fado, or of West African origin.



fandango (plural fandangos or fandangoes)

  1. (music, dance) A form of lively flamenco music and dance that has many regional variations (e.g. fandango de Huelva), some of which have their own names (e.g. malagueña, granadina). [from mid 18th c.]
    • 1829, Washington Irving, “XXVI”, in Chronicle of the Conquest of Granada:
      The soldiers were oftener gambling and dancing beneath the walls than keeping watch upon the battlements, and nothing was heard from morning till night but the noisy contests of cards and dice, mingled with the sound of the bolero or fandango, the drowsy strumming of the guitar, and the rattling of the castanets, while often the whole was interrupted by the loud brawl and fierce and bloody contest.
  2. A gathering for dancing; a ball.
    • 2008, Gene Fowler, Mavericks: A Gallery of Texas Characters (page 38)
      When Auguste Fretéllière and the painter Theodore Gentilz attended a fandango in the 1840s, the festivities took place near Military Plaza.
  3. (figuratively) An unknown entity or contraption.
    What’s that fandango you’re using?
  4. A shade of red-violet.
    fandango colour:  


fandango (third-person singular simple present fandangos, present participle fandangoing, simple past and past participle fandangoed)

  1. (dance) To dance the fandango.
  2. (figuratively) To dance, particularly with a lot of energy.

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fandango m (plural fandangos)

  1. (music, dance) fandango