Tarantella definition

tărən-tĕlə
A lively, whirling southern Italian dance in 6/8 time, once thought to be a remedy for tarantism.
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The music for this dance.
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A fast, whirling S Italian dance for couples, in 6/8 time.
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Music for this.
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A rapid dance in 6/8 time, originating in Italy, or a piece of music for such a dance.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
tarantella
Plural:
tarantellas

Origin of tarantella

  • Italian after Taranto

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Italian tarantella, a diminutive of Taranto, a town in southern Italy (but popularly associated with tarantola "˜tarantula', on the belief that the dance was variously a result of, or cure for, its bite).

    From Wiktionary