[sal-tuh-rel-oh, sawl-; Italian sahl-tah-rel-law]
noun, plural sal·ta·rel·los, Italian sal·ta·rel·li [sahl-tah-rel-lee] /ˌsɑl tɑˈrɛl li/.
  1. a lively Italian dance for one person or a couple.
  2. the music for it.

Origin of saltarello

1590–1600; < Italian, derivative of saltare to dance; see saltant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for saltarello

Historical Examples of saltarello

  • The Saltarello enchants me; in this is really the Italian wine, the Italian sun.

    At Home And Abroad

    Margaret Fuller Ossoli

  • The company of 'men of hair,' calling themselves 'Saltiers,' may derive their name from the dance, 'Saltarello.'

    Shakespeare and Music

    Edward W. Naylor

  • We felt like dancing a saltarello, and perhaps might have done so if we had been in less princely presences.

    The Sunny Side of Diplomatic Life, 1875-1912

    Lillie DeHegermann-Lindencrone

  • But the beautiful show of the evening was the Trasteverini dancing the Saltarello in their most brilliant costume.

    At Home And Abroad

    Margaret Fuller Ossoli

British Dictionary definitions for saltarello


noun plural -li (-lɪ) or -los
  1. a traditional Italian dance, usually in compound duple time
  2. a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance

Word Origin for saltarello

C18: from Italian, from saltare to dance energetically, from Latin; see saltant
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