[ fan-dang-goh ]
/ fænˈdæŋ goʊ /

noun, plural fan·dan·gos.

a lively Spanish or Spanish-American dance in triple time, performed by a man and woman playing castanets.
a piece of music for such a dance or one having its rhythm.
(especially in the southwest U.S.) a ball or dance.

Nearby words

  1. fancy woman,
  2. fancy-free,
  3. fancy-pants,
  4. fancywork,
  5. fandangle,
  6. fandom,
  7. fane,
  8. fanega,
  9. fanegada,
  10. faneuil

Origin of fandango

From Spanish, dating back to 1740–50, of uncertain origin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for fandango


/ (fænˈdæŋɡəʊ) /

noun plural -gos

an old Spanish courtship dance in triple time between a couple who dance closely and provocatively
a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance

Word Origin for fandango

C18: from Spanish, of uncertain origin

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Word Origin and History for fandango



mid-18c., lively Spanish dance, the word of unknown etymology [OED says "alleged to be of negro origin"], perhaps related to fado. Fado is lovely, but not lively, so perhaps the link, if any, is thematic. But the late date argues against it.

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