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se·gui·dil·la(sĕg′ə-dē′yə, -dēl′yə, sā′gə-, sĕ′gē-thē′lyä)
1. A Spanish stanza form of four or seven lines.
a. A lively Spanish dance in triple meter.
b. The music for this dance.
[Spanish, diminutive of seguida, sequence, from feminine past participle of seguir, to follow, from Vulgar Latin *sequere, from Latin sequī; see sekw- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. (Dancing) a Spanish dance in a fast triple rhythm
2. (Music, other) a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
3. (Poetry) prosody a stanzaic form consisting of four to seven lines and marked by a characteristic rhythm
[Spanish: a little dance, from seguida a dance, from seguir to follow, from Latin sequī]
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se•gui•dil•la(ˌseɪ gəˈdil yə, -ˈdi yə, ˌsɛg ə-; Sp. ˌsɛ giˈði lyɑ)
n., pl. -dil•las (-ˈdil yəz, -ˈdi yəz; Sp. -ˈði lyɑs)
1. a Spanish dance in triple meter for two persons.
2. the music for this dance.
3. a stanza of four to seven lines of verse with a distinctive rhythmic pattern.
[1755–65; < Sp, =seguid(a) sequence (segui- (s. of seguir « Latin sequī to follow) + -da < Latin -ta feminine past participle suffix) + -illa diminutive suffix]
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