|—n , pl -ros|
|1.||a Spanish dance, often accompanied by the guitar and castanets, usually in triple time|
|2.||a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance|
|3.||a kind of short jacket not reaching the waist, with or without sleeves and open at the front: worn by men in Spain and by women elsewhere|
|[C18: from Spanish; perhaps related to bola ball]|
|a printed punctuation mark (‽), available only in some typefaces, designed to combine the question mark (?) and the exclamation point (!), indicating a mixture of query and interjection, as after a rhetorical question.|
|a fool or simpleton; ninny.|
lively Spanish dance in 34 time with a strongly marked rhythm. The dancers, either singly or as couples, execute brilliant and intricate steps to the rhythmic accompaniment of their castanets. Distinctive features are the paseo ("walk"), bien parado ("sudden stop"), and various beating steps (battements). An outstanding musical example is Maurice Ravel's Bolero (1928) for orchestra. The Latin-American bolero is a slow, romantic rumba danced with simple steps.
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