[ 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.

Origin of bolero

Borrowed into English from Spanish around 1780–90 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for 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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