[ fah-doo; English fah-doh ]
/ ˈfɑ dʊ; English ˈfɑ doʊ /


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.

Origin of fado

1900–05; < Portuguese < Latin fatum fate
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Examples from the Web for fado

  • Beyond this first promontory is seen a considerably higher range, but not an imposing one, which rises above the village of Fado.

British Dictionary definitions for fado


/ Portuguese (ˈfɑːdu) /


a type of melancholy Portuguese folk song

Word Origin for fado

literally: fate
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Word Origin and History for fado



popular music style of Portugal, 1902, from Latin fatum "fate, destiny" (see fate (n.)). Because the songs tell the fates of their subjects.

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