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[sey-guh-deel-yuh, -dee-yuh, seg-uh-; Spanish se-gee-th ee-lyah] /ˌseɪ gəˈdil yə, -ˈdi yə, ˌsɛg ə-; Spanish ˌsɛ giˈði lyɑ/
noun, plural seguidillas
[sey-guh-deel-yuh z, -dee-yuh z; Spanish se-gee-th ee-lyahs] /ˌseɪ gəˈdil yəz, -ˈdi yəz; Spanish ˌsɛ giˈði lyɑs/ (Show IPA)
Prosody. a stanza of four to seven lines with a distinctive rhythmic pattern.
a Spanish dance in triple meter for two persons.
the music for this dance.
1755-65; < Spanish, equivalent to seguid(a) sequence (segui- (stem of seguirLatin sequī to follow) + -da < Latin -ta feminine past participle suffix) + -illa diminutive suffix Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for seguidilla


a Spanish dance in a fast triple rhythm
a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
(prosody) a stanzaic form consisting of four to seven lines and marked by a characteristic rhythm
Word Origin
Spanish: a little dance, from seguida a dance, from seguir to follow, from Latin sequī
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Encyclopedia Article for seguidilla

Spanish folk dance with many regional variants; also, a verse form widely used in Spanish folk song. The dance is a courtship dance of proud demeanour, with small springing steps, light foot stamps, and varied ground patterns. The song consists of coplas-improvised verses of love or satire-in quatrains with the syllabic pattern 7-5-7-5 and assonantal rhyme on the second and fourth lines. A copla is frequently followed by an estribillo, a tercet with the syllabic pattern 5-7-5, rhyming assonantally on the first and third lines

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