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 (fä′tho͞o, făth′ō)
n. pl. fa·dos
A sad Portuguese folk song.

[Portuguese, from Latin fātum, fate; see fate.]


(Music, other) a type of melancholy Portuguese folk song
[literally: fate]


(ˈfɑ du, -doʊ)

n., pl. -dos.
a Portuguese folk song that is typically of doleful or fatalistic character.
[1900–05; < Portuguese < Latin fatum fate]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fado - a sad Portuguese folksong
folk ballad, folk song, folksong - a song that is traditionally sung by the common people of a region and forms part of their culture
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The Portuguese parliament approved the transfer of Eusebio to the National Pantheon, alongside heroes like fado singer Amalia Rodrigues, in February, following legal doubts as to whether his body could remain there before three years of his death had been completed.
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From the troubadours, Alfonso el Sabio's Cantigas de Santa Maria, and the Jewish and Arab intellectuals of medieval Spain to popular poetic traditions such as the romancero, fado, and cante jondo, Hernandez Cruz's inspirations and poetic affinities are close to the surface.
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This will be followed by award-winning Portuguese singer Cristina Branco on October 16 who will perform her special flavor of the classic Fado music which has made her one of the genre's most acclaimed artists worldwide, said the organisers.
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