[ zah-puh-tee-ah-doh; Spanish thah-pah-te-ah-th aw, sah- ]
/ ˌzɑ pə tiˈɑ doʊ; Spanish ˌθɑ pɑ tɛˈɑ ðɔ, ˌsɑ- /

noun, plural za·pa·te·a·dos [zah-puh-tee-ah-dohz; Spanish thah-pah-te-ah-th aws, sah-] /ˌzɑ pə tiˈɑ doʊz; Spanish ˌθɑ pɑ tɛˈɑ ðɔs, ˌsɑ-/.

a Spanish dance for a solo performer, marked by rhythmic tapping of the heels.

Nearby words

  1. zap,
  2. zap out,
  3. zapata,
  4. zapata mustache,
  5. zapata, emiliano,
  6. zapateo,
  7. zapopan,
  8. zaporizhzhya,
  9. zaporozhye,
  10. zapotec

Origin of zapateado

1885–90; < Spanish: clog or shoe dance, noun use of past participle of zapatear to strike with the shoe, tap, derivative of zapato shoe. See sabot, -ade1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for zapateado

  • The most elaborate piece was one meant to accompany a dance called the Zapateado, or "kick-dance."

    Spanish Vistas|George Parsons Lathrop

British Dictionary definitions for zapateado


/ Spanish (θapateˈaðo) /

noun plural -dos (-ðos)

a Spanish dance with stamping and very fast footwork

Word Origin for zapateado

from zapatear to tap with the shoe, from zapato shoe

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