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[zah-puh-tee-ah-doh; Spanish thah-pah-te-ah-th aw, sah-] /ˌzɑ pə tiˈɑ doʊ; Spanish ˌθɑ pɑ tɛˈɑ ðɔ, ˌsɑ-/
noun, plural zapateados
[zah-puh-tee-ah-dohz; Spanish thah-pah-te-ah-th aws, sah-] /ˌzɑ pə tiˈɑ doʊz; Spanish ˌθɑ pɑ tɛˈɑ ðɔs, ˌsɑ-/ (Show IPA)
a Spanish dance for a solo performer, marked by rhythmic tapping of the heels.
Origin of zapateado
1885-90; < Spanish: clog or shoe dance, noun use of past participle of zapatear to strike with the shoe, tap, derivative of zapato shoe. See sabot, -ade1 Unabridged
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  • The most elaborate piece was one meant to accompany a dance called the zapateado, or "kick-dance."

    Spanish Vistas George Parsons Lathrop
British Dictionary definitions for zapateado


noun (pl) -dos (-ðos)
a Spanish dance with stamping and very fast footwork
Word Origin
from zapatear to tap with the shoe, from zapato shoe
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