- a lively Spanish or Spanish-American dance in triple time, performed by a man and woman playing castanets.
- a piece of music for such a dance or one having its rhythm.
- (especially in the southwest U.S.) a ball or dance.
Origin of fandango
Examples from the Web for fandango
The band has had a fandango with your people and lost some men.The Rifle Rangers
Captain Mayne Reid
How fortunate that he had discovered her secret at this time; just before the fandango.When Dreams Come True
She had heard the Methodists were having a fandango down in the valley.The Transformation of Job
Frederick Vining Fisher
After it was finished, and the table removed, a fandango was begun.
After a pause of a few seconds, the people rose, and the fandango went on as before.The Town
- an old Spanish courtship dance in triple time between a couple who dance closely and provocatively
- a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
Word Origin and History for fandango
mid-18c., lively Spanish dance, the word of unknown etymology [OED says "alleged to be of negro origin"], perhaps related to fado. Fado is lovely, but not lively, so perhaps the link, if any, is thematic. But the late date argues against it.