Definition of jaleo in English:

jaleo

nounjaleos

  • 1A lively dance of Andalusian origin, or the music or handclapping which accompanies it.

    • ‘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. 1.1A fast instrumental chorus in merengue music.

Origin

Mid 19th century Spanish, literally ‘halloo’.

Pronunciation

jaleo

/haˈleɪəʊ/ /xaˈleo/