[ sey-guh-deel-yuh, -dee-yuh, seg-uh-; Spanish se-gee-th ee-lyah ]
/ ˌseɪ gəˈdil yə, -ˈdi yə, ˌsɛg ə-; Spanish ˌsɛ giˈði lyɑ /

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.

Nearby words

  1. segregation ratio,
  2. segregationist,
  3. segregator,
  4. segrè,
  5. segue,
  6. seguin,
  7. segura,
  8. segway,
  9. sehna knot,
  10. sei

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

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British Dictionary definitions for seguidilla


/ (ˌsɛɡɪˈdiːljə) /


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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