Meaning of flamenco in English:


Pronunciation /fləˈmɛŋkəʊ/

Translate flamenco into Spanish


mass noun
  • 1A style of Spanish music, played especially on the guitar and accompanied by singing and dancing.

    ‘It's been referred to as world music, flamenco, Spanish guitar, folk, etc, so how would you categorise it?’
    • ‘Elements of flamenco, indigenous folk music, and contemporary harmonic complexity run through Kaufman's work.’
    • ‘Lazily strummed blues to nervous flamenco in one short guitar solo.’
    • ‘If you haven't investigated Latin folk, flamenco or jazz guitar before, this group is a wonderfully pure introduction.’
    • ‘Tracing a melodic line from flamenco to raga, it's a subtly modulated burst of Hindu-lusian passion.’
    • ‘The virtuoso has further plans to explore ways of blending flamenco with classical music.’
    • ‘His eclectic work was written in 1945 and makes use of various styles such as cabaret, jazz and flamenco.’
    • ‘Music runs from funky flamenco to lively acid jazz, and the sheer glamour of the design will make you think you're in a movie.’
    • ‘Picasso frequently played flamenco on the weathered guitar - until the man who taught him how to play asked the artist to pay up for his services.’
    • ‘You do pick up a lot about flamenco as Webster learns guitar from intense Juan, who dresses in red and lives in a red apartment.’
    • ‘Their dialectic is a reminder that flamenco is foremost an improvisational music, and in the hands of Morente and her collaborators remains a living, breathing tradition.’
    • ‘The pairing of a veteran Cuban pianist with one of the rising stars of flamenco on a selection of Cuban and other Latin American standards seems to be a case in point.’
    • ‘While they're used to working with an accompanist, in flamenco the relationship is more interactive.’
    • ‘Like the blues, born out of slavery, flamenco is more than music, it's an expression of Cortes's cultural heritage.’
    1. 1.1A style of spirited, rhythmical dance performed to flamenco music, often with castanets.
      ‘They come in expecting to see Mexican folk dance or flamenco.’
      • ‘The fusion of tap with flamenco, flamenco with Indian classical dance, or tap with Indian is not new in the experimentation of the foot cultures of the world.’
      • ‘We find this quality in jazz and tap as well as in Euro-Afro dance forms such as flamenco and in world forms from Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent.’
      • ‘Women dance flamenco and tango and belly dancing.’
      • ‘Girls who take lyrical dance, such as flamenco, or character dance will often pull a long black skirt over their regulation leotard.’
      • ‘He is a master of his style of flamenco and contemporary dance.’
      • ‘Some of these dance forms, such as flamenco and hula are almost as known and loved by local audiences as are the Western dances of ballet and tap.’
      • ‘As the recitalist said, there are many kinds of dance: maypole, flamenco, ballet, to name but a few.’
      • ‘Show-stopping Irish dance leads into passionate flamenco and red-hot salsa routines.’
      • ‘Horner decided to use the music and sounds of flamenco dancing during the sword fights.’
      • ‘It now offers twelve to fourteen classes a week to about seventy-five students in ballet, modern dance, hip-hop, and flamenco.’
      • ‘Born in Elda, he grew up in Madrid and was sent to a dance academy where he studied flamenco, bolero, and folk dance.’
      • ‘He spent one year there performing flamenco, jazz, and Latino dances in clubs and restaurants.’
      • ‘Dressed in traditional costume, this is an opportunity to show off their horses and horsemanship, to call on friends, to dance flamenco, to eat, drink and be merry.’
      • ‘They receive training in classical ballet, but also take classes in flamenco, tai chi, modern, and other dance disciplines.’
      • ‘These classically trained ballet dancers transitioned entirely into flamenco catching the style, impulse and eclat of the genre.’
      • ‘In the early development of flamenco, the rhythm work was done in bare feet, so for me, the footwork is somewhat comparable to American Indian dance.’
      • ‘While essentially a guide for students of Spanish dance, especially flamenco, the book proclaims the author's passion for his art.’
      • ‘We get an occasional article or news item written about us and go for months without a word about what is happening in the world of Spanish dance and flamenco.’
      • ‘This dance language is firmly anchored in flamenco.’


Late 19th century Spanish, ‘like a Gypsy’, literally ‘Fleming’, from Middle Dutch Vlaminc.