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 (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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(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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His age might have been eighteen or nineteen; he was of a merry countenance, and to all appearance of an active habit, and he went along singing seguidillas to beguile the wearisomeness of the road.
Siete Canciones Populares Espanolas, Manuel de Falla ("El Pano Moruno," "Seguidilla Murciana," "Asturiana," "Jota," "Nana," "Cancion," "Polo")
Composed in the same year as Carmen it began the long love affair of French composers for Spanish music, to which Ravel made a significant contribution, and the dance rhythms of the habanera, malageuena and seguidilla are the weft weaved ingeniously with a Germanic-sounding symphonic warp.
Particularly outstanding were her interpretations of Habanera and Seguidilla, from Bizet's opera Carmen, a role to which she is undoubtedly suited, and Time To Say Goodbye which also feature on her best seller.
Giles Bravery made the trip from Newmarket to see his disappointing filly Seguidilla fail again in the St James Security Median Auction Maiden Stakes.
Queen Mary-seventh Seguidilla, who started at 4-11 in the juvenile maiden but finished only fourth
The opera includes some of the most evocative and best-loved melodies in classical music --The Habanera, The Seguidilla, The Flower Song and the best-known baritone chorus The Toreador's Song.
In another contrast, she is about to take on her first staged `Carmen.' She has done the role in concert (with the Berlin Philharmonic, among others), and she sang the Seguidilla as an encore in her March recital.