bolero

[ buh-lair-oh, boh- ]
/ bəˈlɛər oʊ, boʊ- /

noun, plural bo·le·ros.

a lively Spanish dance in triple meter.
the music for this dance.
a jacket ending above or at the waistline, with or without collar, lapel, and sleeves, worn open in front.

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Origin of bolero

Borrowed into English from Spanish around 1780–90
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British Dictionary definitions for bolero

bolero
/ (bəˈlɛərəʊ) /

noun plural -ros

a Spanish dance, often accompanied by the guitar and castanets, usually in triple time
a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
(also ˈbɒlərəʊ) a kind of short jacket not reaching the waist, with or without sleeves and open at the front: worn by men in Spain and by women elsewhere

Word Origin for bolero

C18: from Spanish; perhaps related to bola ball
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