from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A very short jacket worn open in the front.
  • n. A lively Spanish dance in triple meter.
  • n. The music for this dance.
  • n. A slow Latin American dance, often in duple meter.
  • n. The music for this dance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a lively Spanish dance
  • n. a type of short, buttonless jacket or blouse, open or tied in front and ending at the diaphragm

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A Spanish dance, or the lively music which accompanies it.
  • n. A kind of small outer jacket, with or without sleeves, worn by women.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A Spanish dance in ¾ time, accompanied by the voice and castanets, intended to represent the course of love from extreme shyness to extreme passion.
  • n. A musical composition for such a dance.
  • n. A short jacket, ending about three inches above the waist-line: originally in imitation of the Spanish jacket, but now-made in many fashions, and trimmed either simply or with extremely elaborate ornament.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. music written in the rhythm of the bolero dance
  • n. a short jacket; worn mostly by women
  • n. a Spanish dance in triple time accompanied by guitar and castanets


Spanish, from bola, ball; see bola.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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