[sey-guh-deel-yuh, -dee-yuh, seg-uh-; Spanish se-gee-th ee-lyah]

noun, plural se·gui·dil·las [sey-guh-deel-yuh z, -dee-yuh z; Spanish se-gee-th ee-lyahs] /ˌseɪ gəˈdil yəz, -ˈdi yəz; Spanish ˌsɛ giˈði lyɑs/.

Prosody. a stanza of four to seven lines with a distinctive rhythmic pattern.
a Spanish dance in triple meter for two persons.
the music for this dance.

Origin of seguidilla

1755–65; < Spanish, equivalent to seguid(a) sequence (segui- (stem of seguirLatin sequī to follow) + -da < Latin -ta feminine past participle suffix) + -illa diminutive suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for seguidilla

Historical Examples of seguidilla

  • It is the seguidilla, with its gracious memories, which gives life to the Feria.

    Things seen in Spain

    C. Gasquoine Hartley

  • Many of them are but slight variations from the Fandango and Seguidilla.

  • And for answer she softly sings to him that rapturous song of the Seguidilla.

    Stars of the Opera

    Mabel Wagnalls

  • Sings of "an inn near the ramparts of Sevilla" where she will go to dance the Seguidilla.

    Stars of the Opera

    Mabel Wagnalls

  • The Tigercat looked at his new ally with a stare of surprise, shrugged his shoulders, and whistled a Mexican seguidilla.


    Gustave Aimard

British Dictionary definitions for seguidilla



a Spanish dance in a fast triple rhythm
a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
prosody a stanzaic form consisting of four to seven lines and marked by a characteristic rhythm

Word Origin for seguidilla

Spanish: a little dance, from seguida a dance, from seguir to follow, from Latin sequī
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