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[fan-dang-goh] /fænˈdæŋ goʊ/
noun, plural fandangos.
a lively Spanish or Spanish-American dance in triple time, performed by a man and woman playing castanets.
a piece of music for such a dance or one having its rhythm.
(especially in the southwest U.S.) a ball or dance.
Origin of fandango
1740-50; < Spanish, of uncertain origin Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for fandango
Historical Examples
  • I'd want Stanley Vestal's "fandango," in a volume of the same title.

  • The band has had a fandango with your people and lost some men.

    The Rifle Rangers Captain Mayne Reid
  • Jacks eyes lit up like the windows of a hurdy-gurdy on the evening of a fandango.

    The Sunset Trail Alfred Henry Lewis
  • How fortunate that he had discovered her secret at this time; just before the fandango.

    When Dreams Come True Ritter Brown
  • Tired of this, Mac put on a pair of castanets and danced a Spanish fandango.

    Aliens William McFee
  • By that time my three babies were dancing a fandango upon the roof of the car.

    Curly Roger Pocock
  • Nor could it be that she wished to conceal her visit to the fandango.

    Selected Stories Bret Harte
  • And what would you have me do--dance a fandango, because I am going to be married?

  • On the third day after the fandango, it is announced that the caravan will move onward to Chihuahua.

    The Scalp Hunters Mayne Reid
  • He must visit women, the fandango, and the attractions of monte.

    The Little Lady of Lagunitas Richard Henry Savage
British Dictionary definitions for fandango


noun (pl) -gos
an old Spanish courtship dance in triple time between a couple who dance closely and provocatively
a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
Word Origin
C18: from Spanish, of uncertain origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for fandango

mid-18c., lively Spanish dance, the word of unknown etymology [OED says "alleged to be of negro origin"], perhaps related to fado. Fado is lovely, but not lively, so perhaps the link, if any, is thematic. But the late date argues against it.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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