Definition of bolero in English:


Pronunciation /bəˈlerˌō/ /bəˈlɛrˌoʊ/


  • 1A Spanish dance in simple triple time.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I wore two costumes In Grand Hotel, but my favorite was the black one that we did the bolero in.’
    • ‘Together with Ignacio Berroa on drums and Federico Britos on violin, they round out a lineup perfectly suited to the subtle bolero.’
    • ‘Tall and Latin looking with long dark hair and black saintly eyes he was dressed as if he had just finished a particularly strenuous bolero.’
    1. 1.1A piece of music for the bolero dance.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He was very famous in the '50s and '60s - doing cha-cha-chas and boleros orchestrally.’
      • ‘In the 1960s, the music resembled the slow romantic Cuban bolero and the lyrics of the songs were poetic statements about the pains and pleasures of love.’
      • ‘In 2001 his album of Cuban and Mexican boleros, Nocturne, won a well-deserved Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album.’
      • ‘As Haden rages against the machine, I see how the boleros of Nocturne are an answer to the saccharine junk we are sold everyday.’
      • ‘The album mixes up the rhythms, adding a couple of Cuban-flavoured boleros and even some Dominican bachata.’
      • ‘Seduced by the Afro-Cuban tradition in general and the bolero in particular, the Martels originally staged their duets in a Montmartre restaurant.’
      • ‘Her music is a reflection of her multicultural childhood in Mexico and her studies in anthropology in Minnesota, with its combination of Mexican folklore, boleros, borderland rancheras, opera, and American jazz and blues.’
      • ‘We head toward the thrum and trumpet call of a loud bolero and enter the bar just as the six-man combo breaks into a loud rendition of ‘Chan Chan,’ the song made famous by the Buena Vista Social Club album.’
      • ‘In this multi-layered video, the rosy romantic bolero heard on the soundtrack is interrupted when one of the lovers mentions how much she loves the particular song.’
      • ‘Yelena wanted to play a bolero and not many people know it.’
      • ‘The original, Marshall says, was a bolero.’
      • ‘From rumba to bolero, Felip will explore the energetic and sensual roots of Latin songs and rhythms.’
      • ‘On her latest album, she fuses African root beats with such disparate genres as meringue, salsa, calypso, bolero and ska.’
      • ‘On the bill is Maria Caridad Valdès, a 2001 Latin Grammy nominee who blends bolero, Cuban folk and jazz in an inimitable way.’
      • ‘Waltz rhythms are employed as well as tango patterns and even a touch of bolero.’
  • 2

    (also bolero jacket)
    A woman's short open jacket.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Monday morning, however, Johnny found a new bolero jacket with bright red, green and yellow embroidery on the chair in his room.’
    • ‘A bolero jacket decomposed at the edges into layers of peach gauze, dotted with lace flower appliques and fur patches.’
    • ‘Ashton was now wearing the white shirt buttoned at the top; Audrey was wearing the bolero jacket with no shirt.’
    • ‘This consists of black pants, a colorful sash, white shirt, and a black bolero jacket.’
    • ‘The corseted dress was teamed with a bolero jacket and large hat.’
    • ‘The standout collection features lacy beaded boleros, silk-chiffon cocktail dresses and burnout velvet pants.’
    • ‘The collection included brightly dyed fox fur boleros, neat cardigans, or ribbon decorated sweaters worn with flowered skirts teamed with dainty accessories such as her heart shaped bag.’
    • ‘The sensual, flowing designs are accompanied by must-have boleros of muslin and lace.’
    • ‘They wore big felt hats, their brims curled upwards, embroidered bolero jackets and cream colored chamois breeches.’
    • ‘She looked spot on in her lime-green shift, with matching black bolero jacket, and black hat trimmed with green feathers, plus black choker.’
    • ‘However, mothers and grannies of the bride need not be alarmed, as wraps, boleros and capes are very much in vogue for the service at least.’
    • ‘A waist-length, brightly colored, handwoven woolen poncho is worn over the bolero, or sometimes thrown over the shoulder.’
    • ‘I want my beautiful bolero with the porcupine quills.’
    • ‘I've teamed it with the black bolero today to smarten it up.’
    • ‘Women among the Roma wear a traditional costume composed of a full, ankle-length skirt tied on the left side at the waist, a loose, low-cut blouse, a bolero vest, and an apron.’
    • ‘Thankfully Tahlia added a warm, gold bolero so I would not freeze to death.’
    • ‘Shrugs, scarves and petite boleros make a strong fashion statement.’


Late 18th century from Spanish.



/bəˈlerˌō/ /bəˈlɛrˌoʊ/