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fado

[ fah-doo; English fah-doh ]
/ ˈfɑ dʊ; English ˈfɑ doʊ /
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noun
a Portuguese folk song typically of doleful or fatalistic character and usually accompanied on the guitar.
a dance to the music of such a song.
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Origin of fado

1900–05; <Portuguese <Latin fatumfate

Words nearby fado

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How to use fado in a sentence

  • One-step, fox-trot and a Lulu Fado followed in smooth succession.

    A Man's Hearth|Eleanor M. Ingram
  • Beyond this first promontory is seen a considerably higher range, but not an imposing one, which rises above the village of Fado.

  • They even swam, once, and Carl played at learning two new dances, strangely called the "fox trot" and the "lu lu fado."

    The Trail of the Hawk|Sinclair Lewis

British Dictionary definitions for fado

fado
/ Portuguese (ˈfɑːdu) /

noun
a type of melancholy Portuguese folk song

Word Origin for fado

literally: fate
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