seguidilla

seguidilla

[sey-guh-deel-yuh, -dee-yuh, seg-uh-; Spanish se-gee-thee-lyah]
noun, plural seguidillas [sey-guh-deel-yuhz, -dee-yuhz; Spanish se-gee-thee-lyahs] .
1.
Prosody. a stanza of four to seven lines with a distinctive rhythmic pattern.
2.
a Spanish dance in triple meter for two persons.
3.
the music for this dance.

Origin:
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

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seguidilla (ˌsɛɡɪˈdiːljə)
 
n
1.  a Spanish dance in a fast triple rhythm
2.  a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
3.  prosody a stanzaic form consisting of four to seven lines and marked by a characteristic rhythm
 
[Spanish: a little dance, from seguida a dance, from seguir to follow, from Latin sequī]

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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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