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[buh-lair-oh, boh-] /bəˈlɛər oʊ, boʊ-/
noun, plural boleros.
a lively Spanish dance in triple meter.
the music for this dance.
a jacket ending above or at the waistline, with or without collar, lapel, and sleeves, worn open in front.
Origin of bolero
Borrowed into English from Spanish around 1780-90 Unabridged
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noun (pl) -ros
a Spanish dance, often accompanied by the guitar and castanets, usually in triple time
a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
(also) (ˈbɒlərəʊ). a kind of short jacket not reaching the waist, with or without sleeves and open at the front: worn by men in Spain and by women elsewhere
Word Origin
C18: from Spanish; perhaps related to bola ball
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Word Origin and History for bolero

kind of Spanish dance, 1787, from Spanish, probably from bola "ball" (and perhaps with reference to "whirling motion"), from Latin bulla (see bull (n.2)). In reference to a type of short jacket, it is recorded by 1864.

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