What does fado mean?

Definitions for fadoˈfɑ du, -doʊ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fado(noun)

    a sad Portuguese folksong


  1. fado(Noun)

    A Portuguese folk song, usually featuring a single vocalist, Portuguese guitar and sometimes classical guitar. Lyrical themes are often melancholic in nature; the structure of the song is of greater importance.

  2. Origin: From fado, from fatum.


  1. Fado

    Fado is a music genre which can be traced to the 1820s in Portugal, but probably with much earlier origins. Fado historian and scholar Rui Vieira Nery states that "the only reliable information on the history of Fado was orally transmitted and goes back to the 1820s and 1830s at best. But even that information was frequently modified within the generational transmission process that made it reach us today." In popular belief, fado is a form of music characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics, often about the sea or the life of the poor, and infused with a characteristic sentiment of resignation, fatefulness and melancholia. However, although the origins are difficult to trace, today fado is regarded, by many, as simply a form of song which can be about anything, but must follow a certain structure. The music is usually linked to the Portuguese word saudade which symbolizes the feeling of loss. Famous singers of fado include Amália Rodrigues, Carlos do Carmo, Mariza, Mafalda Arnauth, Ana Moura and Cristina Branco. On 27 November 2011, Fado was inscribed in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fado in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fado in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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