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siciliano

[si-sil-ee-ah-noh] /sɪˌsɪl iˈɑ noʊ/
noun, plural sicilianos.
1.
a graceful folk dance of Sicily.
2.
the music for this dance.
Also, siciliana
[si-sil-ee-ah-nah, -nuh] /sɪˌsɪl iˈɑ nɑ, -nə/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of siciliano
1715-1725
1715-25; < Italian: literally, Sicilian
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Examples from the Web for siciliano
Historical Examples
  • Poor siciliano had to waste his power in occasional poems for his subsistence, and was thus unable to produce any lasting work.

  • It is worth twenty-five lire, but I will make a special price for you because you love Sicily and are like a siciliano.

    The Call of the Blood

    Robert Smythe Hichens
  • Dance-measures, the passacaglia, even the jig, are not excluded; and a chorale has its counterpoint in a siciliano.

    Sebastian Bach Reginald Lane Poole
British Dictionary definitions for siciliano

siciliano

/sɪˌsɪlɪˈɑːnəʊ; ˌsɪtʃɪˈljɑːnəʊ/
noun (pl) -ianos
1.
an old dance in six-beat or twelve-beat time
2.
music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
Word Origin
Italian: Sicilian
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