noun, plural si·cil·i·a·nos.

a graceful folk dance of Sicily.
the music for this dance.

Also si·cil·i·a·na [si-sil-ee-ah-nah, -nuh] /sɪˌsɪl iˈɑ nɑ, -nə/.

Origin of siciliano

1715–25; < Italian: literally, Sicilian Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for siciliano

Historical Examples of siciliano

  • Poor Siciliano had to waste his power in occasional poems for his subsistence, and was thus unable to produce any lasting work.

  • It is worth twenty-five lire, but I will make a special price for you because you love Sicily and are like a Siciliano.

    The Call of the Blood

    Robert Smythe Hichens

  • Dance-measures, the passacaglia, even the jig, are not excluded; and a chorale has its counterpoint in a siciliano.

    Sebastian Bach

    Reginald Lane Poole

British Dictionary definitions for siciliano


noun plural -ianos

an old dance in six-beat or twelve-beat time
music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance

Word Origin for siciliano

Italian: Sicilian
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