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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.
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

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.


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