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[sal-tuh-rel-oh, sawl-; Italian sahl-tah-rel-law] /ˌsæl təˈrɛl oʊ, ˌsɔl-; Italian ˌsɑl tɑˈrɛl lɔ/
noun, plural saltarellos Italian, saltarelli
[sahl-tah-rel-lee] /ˌsɑl tɑˈrɛl li/ (Show IPA)
a lively Italian dance for one person or a couple.
the music for it.
Origin of saltarello
1590-1600; < Italian, derivative of saltare to dance; see saltant Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for saltarello
Historical Examples
  • The saltarello enchants me; in this is really the Italian wine, the Italian sun.

    At Home And Abroad Margaret Fuller Ossoli
  • The company of 'men of hair,' calling themselves 'Saltiers,' may derive their name from the dance, 'saltarello.'

    Shakespeare and Music Edward W. Naylor
  • We felt like dancing a saltarello, and perhaps might have done so if we had been in less princely presences.

    The Sunny Side of Diplomatic Life, 1875-1912 Lillie DeHegermann-Lindencrone
  • But the beautiful show of the evening was the Trasteverini dancing the saltarello in their most brilliant costume.

    At Home And Abroad Margaret Fuller Ossoli
British Dictionary definitions for saltarello


noun (pl) -li (-lɪ), -los
a traditional Italian dance, usually in compound duple time
a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
Word Origin
C18: from Italian, from saltare to dance energetically, from Latin; see saltant
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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