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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Dramatic crystal bolero with white crêpe sheath, by Marc Jacobs for Perry Ellis. 7.
▪ Navy woollen bolero cardigan with large paisley wool embroidery, £42.99.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Bolero \Bo*le"ro\, n. [Sp.] (Mus.)

  1. A Spanish dance, or the lively music which accompanies it.

  2. A kind of small outer jacket, with or without sleeves, worn by women.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

kind of Spanish dance, 1787, from Spanish, probably from bola "ball" (and perhaps with reference to "whirling motion"), from Latin bulla (see bull (n.2)). In reference to a type of short jacket, it is recorded by 1864.


n. 1 a lively Spanish dance 2 a type of short, buttonless jacket or blouse, open or tied in front and ending at the diaphragm

  1. n. music written in the rhythm of the bolero dance

  2. a short jacket; worn mostly by women

  3. a Spanish dance in triple time accompanied by guitar and castanets


Bolero dancer by Toulouse-Lautrec
Marcelle Lender in Chilperic - Hervé, 1895]]

Bolero is a genre of slow- tempo Latin music and its associated dance. There are Spanish and Cuban forms which are both significant and which have separate origins.

The term is also used for some art music. In all its forms, the bolero has been popular for over a century.

  1. Carpentier, Alejo 2001 [1945]. Music in Cuba. Minneapolis MN.↩

Boléro is a one- movement orchestral piece by the French composer Maurice Ravel (1875–1937). Originally composed as a ballet commissioned by Russian actress and dancer Ida Rubinstein, the piece, which premiered in 1928, is Ravel's most famous musical composition.

Before Boléro, Ravel had composed large scale ballets (such as Daphnis et Chloé, composed for the Ballets Russes 1909–1912), suites for the ballet (such as the second orchestral version of Ma mère l'oye, 1912), and one-movement dance pieces (such as La valse, 1906–1920). Apart from such compositions intended for a staged dance performance, Ravel had demonstrated an interest in composing re-styled dances, from his earliest successes – the 1895 Menuet and the 1899 Pavane – to his more mature works like Le tombeau de Couperin, which takes the format of a dance suite.

Boléro epitomises Ravel's preoccupation with restyling and reinventing dance movements. It was also one of the last pieces he composed before illness forced him into retirement. The two piano concertos and the Don Quichotte à Dulcinée song cycle were the only compositions that followed Boléro.

Bolero (disambiguation)

Bolero may refer to:

Bolero (1984 film)

Bolero is a 1984 American romantic drama film starring Bo Derek, and written and directed by her husband John Derek. The film centers on the protagonist's sexual awakening and her journey around the world to pursue an ideal first lover who will take her virginity.

Despite minor commercial success, the film was critically panned, earning nominationa for nine Golden Raspberry Awards at the 5th Golden Raspberry Awards and "winning" six, including the Worst Picture.

Bolero (1934 film)

Bolero is a 1934 American Pre-Code musical drama film starring George Raft and Carole Lombard, and directed by Wesley Ruggles. The movie was a rare chance for Raft to star and to play a dancer, which had been his profession in New York City, rather than portraying a gangster. The film takes its title from the Maurice Ravel composition Boléro (1928). The supporting cast features William Frawley, Ray Milland and Sally Rand.

Bolero (horse)

Bolero (1975-1986) was a dressage horse and an influential sire. He stood .

Bolero (Mr. Children album)

Bolero, is Mr. Children's 6th studio album and was released on March 5, 1997. The album debuted at the number-one position on Oricon weekly charts, with the first week sales of over 1,734,000 copies. It sold over 471,000 copies in the next week, but was ranked at No. 2 on Oricon charts, being replaced by Globe's Faces Places.

Bolero (magazine)

Bolero is a fashion and lifestyle magazine based in Zurich, Switzerland.

Boléro (Chopin)

The Boléro, Op. 19, was written by Frédéric Chopin in 1833 and published the following year. It is one of his lesser-known piano pieces, although it has been recorded numerous times.

The overall key of the Boléro is difficult to establish. It was often listed as Boléro in C major - A minor, as the work opens with three unison octaves in G (dominant chords of C major) in fortissimo, then a lengthy Introduction in C major, moving to A minor for the Boléro proper. It is interrupted by sections in A major, A-flat major and B-flat minor before returning to A minor. It ends triumphantly in A major (parallel major).

The work was dedicated to the Scottish-born but half-French Mademoiselle la Comtesse Émilie de Flahaut, then aged only 14. She was later to become Countess of Shelburne.

The apparent inspiration for the Boléro was Chopin's friendship with the French soprano Pauline Viardot, whose father, the famed Spanish tenor Manuel García, had introduced boleros to Paris by the time of Chopin's arrival there. His biographer Frederick Niecks speculated that it was inspired by the Bolero in Daniel Auber's La muette de Portici (1828).

Despite the ostensibly Spanish flavour of the piece, it has been described as a polonaise in disguise, or a boléro à la polonaise, as its rhythms are more redolent of the national dance of Chopin's homeland than anything Spanish. It was written five years before Chopin first visited Spain (1838). Many people today claim it as the "only Polish Bolero ever written".

Usage examples of "bolero".

Lifting her arms behind her head, she pirouetted slowly before Robie to show how much she did for her bolero half-jacket and her form-fitting slacks that melted into skylon just above the knees.

They wore striped and particoloured breeches, voluminous shirts only half-buttoned or laced up at their chests, and brightly embroidered boleros.

The end result was a short, black strapless dress topped with a bolero jacket aswirl with red passementerie, a soft, straight, ribbon-tied ponytail, smoky eyes, red-red lips, onyx earrings, sheer black hose, and high-heeled patent pumps.

Holding each other very close, the Captain and Zenaida danced the first boleros that were just beginning to break hearts in those days.

He lighted another with the butt and was thoughtful for a long time, resting his elbows on the table while the radio ground out sentimental boleros.

The mounted heads of wildebeast, stags, tigers and one polar bear competed for space with South American wall-hangings, Chinese jade, Japanese prints, Flemish reproductions, encyclopaedias, dictionaries, works of reference and a set of boleros.

Cordelia nested it deeply in the inner pocket of one of Drou's Vorbarra--crested boleros, worn over Cordelia's dress to complete the picture of an inner Residence worker.

On it stood an assortment of humanoid robots garbed in the costumes of the time: men with belts and codpieces, otherwise naked, and women with multitiered skirts and breast-baring boleros.

The store was a multicolored cornucopia of dresses and sweaters, bras and stockings, high-heeled shoes and boleros.

Magpie Maggie Hag had tired of seeing Monday Simms do her stately haute école riding in a mere suit of fleshings, so now she rigged Monday out as a Cordobesa of her own native Spain: black velvet trousers with silvery conchas down the seams, soft boots, a white blouse with wide sleeves and a bright red bolero over that.

In the more developed the sheath of the stem had split down the front and peeled back, like a bolero jacket or green dressing robe, half revealing a delectable torso, baby pink yet an anatomically perfect replica of some celebrated figure.

Indeed, half of her second chin had disappeared, and the lovely little roll of belly below her amethyst-encrusted lavender bra and bolero and above the amethyst-studded band of the diaphanous lilac harem pants she wore was eclipsed from its usual full moon to little more than a quarter.

The hat was called a bolero, named after the drow wizard who had given it its tidy shape and had imbued it, and several others of the same make, with certain magical properties.

One week later, during a performance of 101 variations on Ravel's Bolero, as Henry was standing by with his spittle-collection jar, his vacuum siphon, his spittle-sample camera, his log book, and the necessary legal forms requiring the signature of each donating musician, this dear man, this well-liked nonentity, suddenly began to spin.

She wore thigh high black leather boots, a red jewelled bolero, and a scanty red patch covering her pubic hairs - nothing else except for a red tricorne hat atop her mound of yellow curls.