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barn dance

a social gathering, originally held in a barn, and including square dances, round dances, and hoedown music.
any party featuring country dances, dress, music, etc.
Origin of barn dance
An Americanism dating back to 1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Has your algebra bothered you, or is the barn dance troubling your conscience?

    Pocket Island Charles Clark Munn
  • His barn dance would be the talk of all Tulare County for years to come.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • Since the famous evening of the barn dance, Annixter had spoken to her but twice.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • This was the invitation to a barn dance, to take place that evening.

    Betty Lee, Senior

    Harriet Pyne Grove
  • And after the barn dance were going to put on our masterpiece.

    Betty Lee, Senior

    Harriet Pyne Grove
  • Before Stud put a fork of hay in the mow they had a barn dance.

    Plowing On Sunday Sterling North
  • We next had a kitchen lancers, and this year we have a barn dance.

    Wit and Wisdom of Lord Tredegar Godfrey Charles Morgan
  • Penny and Louise were not sure that they cared to attend the barn dance.

    Hoofbeats on the Turnpike Mildred A. Wirt
  • Youre just in time for the barn dance, all of you, called Mrs. Cartwright.

  • barn dance, prompted Elinor, who also had no liking for Edwards cousin.

British Dictionary definitions for barn dance

barn dance

(Brit) a progressive round country dance
(US & Canadian) a party with hoedown music and square-dancing
a party featuring country dancing
a disco or party held in a barn
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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