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[mah-kuh-rey-nuh, ‐ren-uh] /ˌmɑ kəˈreɪ nə, ‐ˈrɛn ə/
(often initial capital letter) a dance performed in a group line or solo and following a rhythmic pattern of arm, hand, and hip movements in time to a Spanish song.
Origin of macarena
1990-95; < Spanish: feminine of macareno boaster, braggart Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Gallardo collected all his own and his wife's jewels to contribute to the macarena's splendor.

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  • All the women from Triana and the macarena are here, amusing themselves simply and quietly with a joyous decorum.

    Things seen in Spain C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • Her father, an old-time dealer in brandies, had left her two houses on the outskirts of macarena.

    The Blood of the Arena Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • He had sent for the most influential brethren of the macarena to explain to them that he would be in the procession.

    The Blood of the Arena Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • He would drink the next day without fear, when the macarena was left safe in her church.

    The Blood of the Arena Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • This is the procession of the Virgin of macarena, the patron saint of bullfighters and all Seville.

Contemporary definitions for macarena

a Spanish flamenco song by Los del Rio popularized as a line dance at celebrations

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