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Definitions for habanera
ˌhɑ bəˈnɛər ə or, often, -ˈnyɛər əha·baner·a

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  1. habaneranoun

    music composed in duple time for dancing the habanera

  2. habaneranoun

    a Cuban dance in duple time


  1. habaneranoun

    A style of music from Cuba.

  2. habaneranoun

    A dance performed to this music.


  1. habanera

    Habanera is a style of dance and music that originated in Cuba in the 19th century. The dance is slow and seductive, typically in 2/4 time and originated in a Cuban dance known as the contradanza or the danzon. The music includes a unique rhythmic pattern, often delivered by string and wind instruments. It is also a popular rhythmic pattern used in various genres such as opera, popular, and classical music. The name "habanera" means "from Havana".


  1. Habanera

    Habanera is the popular name for the aria "L'amour est un oiseau rebelle" from Georges Bizet's 1875 opera Carmen. It is the entrance aria of the title character, a mezzo-soprano role, in scene 5 of the first act. The vocal range covers D4 to F♯5 with a tessitura from D4 to D5. The score of this aria was adapted from the habanera "El Arreglito", originally composed by the Spanish musician Sebastián Yradier. Bizet thought it to be a folk song; when others told him he had used something that had been written by a composer who had died only ten years earlier, he had to add a note to the vocal score of Carmen, acknowledging its source. The French libretto was written by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy. It is based on a descending chromatic scale followed by variants of the same phrase in first the minor and then the major key, corresponding to the vicissitudes of love expressed in the lyrics.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of habanera in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of habanera in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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    used of men; markedly masculine in appearance or manner
    A ectomorphic
    B butch
    C indiscernible
    D ambidextrous

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