jarabe tapatío

[ Spanish hah-rah-ve tah-pah-tee-aw ]
/ Spanish hɑˈrɑ vɛ ˌtɑ pɑˈti ɔ /


a dance of Mexican origin, performed by a couple and consisting of nine figures and melodies, in which the partners often dance facing each other but not touching.

Nearby words

  1. japygid,
  2. jaques,
  3. jaques-dalcroze,
  4. jaques-dalcroze, émile,
  5. jar,
  6. jarash,
  7. jardin anglais,
  8. jardiniere,
  9. jardinière,
  10. jared

Origin of jarabe tapatío

< Mexican Spanish; Spanish jarabe literally, sweetened drink, syrup; tapatío pertaining to Guadalajara (allegedly a word used in this region of Mexico for a serving of three tortillas, originally a unit of cacao bean currency < Nahuatl tlapatiotl price, value)

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