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Definition of "tarantella" [tar•an•tel•la]

  • A lively, whirling southern Italian dance once thought to be a remedy for tarantism. (noun)
  • The music for this dance, in 6/8 time. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "tarantella" in a sentence
  • "But the tarantella is a novelty to the sight-seeing tourist, who believes he must see everything in order to be an authority when he gets back home."
  • "We learn to understand why our addled minds seize so little with precision, why they are caught up and tossed about in a kind of tarantella by headlines and catch-words, why so often they cannot tell things apart or discern identity in apparent differences."
  • "On all sides picturesque groups of dancers indulge in the old peasants 'measure, the _percorara, _ to the droning of bagpipes -- a demure kind of tarantella, the male capering about with faun-like attitudes of invitation and snappings of fingers, his partner evading the advances with downcast eyes."