[ sal-tuh-rel-oh, sawl-; Italian sahl-tah-rel-law ]
/ ˌsæl təˈrɛl oʊ, ˌsɔl-; Italian ˌsɑl tɑˈrɛl lɔ /

noun, plural sal·ta·rel·los, Italian sal·ta·rel·li [sahl-tah-rel-lee]. /ˌsɑl tɑˈrɛl li/.

a lively Italian dance for one person or a couple.
the music for it.



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Origin of saltarello

1590–1600; <Italian, derivative of saltare to dance; see saltant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for saltarello

  • 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
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for saltarello

/ (ˌsæltəˈrɛləʊ) /

noun plural -li (-lɪ) or -los

a traditional Italian dance, usually in compound duple time
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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