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fado

[fah-doo; English fah-doh] /ˈfɑ dʊ; English ˈfɑ doʊ/
noun
1.
a Portuguese folk song typically of doleful or fatalistic character and usually accompanied on the guitar.
2.
a dance to the music of such a song.
Origin of fado
1900-1905
1900-05; < Portuguese < Latin fatum fate
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  • Beyond this first promontory is seen a considerably higher range, but not an imposing one, which rises above the village of fado.

British Dictionary definitions for fado

fado

/ˈfɑːdu/
noun
1.
a type of melancholy Portuguese folk song
Word Origin
literally: fate
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Word Origin and History for fado
n.

popular music style of Portugal, 1902, from Latin fatum "fate, destiny" (see fate (n.)). Because the songs tell the fates of their subjects.

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