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[mah-kuh-rey-nuh, ‐ren-uh] /ˌmɑ kəˈreɪ nə, ‐ˈrɛn ə/
(often initial capital letter) a dance performed in a group line or solo and following a rhythmic pattern of arm, hand, and hip movements in time to a Spanish song.
Origin of macarena
1990-95; < Spanish: feminine of macareno boaster, braggart Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • This is the procession of the Virgin of macarena, the patron saint of bullfighters and all Seville.

  • All the women from Triana and the macarena are here, amusing themselves simply and quietly with a joyous decorum.

    Things seen in Spain C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • Gallardo collected all his own and his wife's jewels to contribute to the macarena's splendor.

    The Blood of the Arena Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • Her father, an old-time dealer in brandies, had left her two houses on the outskirts of macarena.

    The Blood of the Arena Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • Cervantes spent a part of his life in Seville, and described the characters of the macarena Quarter in his shorter tales.

    Old Continental Towns Walter M. Gallichan
  • He had sent for the most influential brethren of the macarena to explain to them that he would be in the procession.

    The Blood of the Arena Vicente Blasco Ibez
Contemporary definitions for macarena

a Spanish flamenco song by Los del Rio popularized as a line dance at celebrations

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