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or csardas

[chahr-dahsh] /ˈtʃɑr dɑʃ/
a Hungarian national dance in two movements, one slow and the other fast.
Origin of czardas
1855-60; < Hungarian csárdás, equivalent to csárda wayside tavern (< Serbo-Croatian čcȁrdāk orig., watchtower < Turkish < Persian chārtāk four-cornered room; čār four + tāk vault) + -s adj. suffix; earlier csárdák was analyzed as csárda + -k plural suffix Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for czardas
Historical Examples
  • And Marsa also gazed after them, her ears caressed by the czardas of the musicians.

    Prince Zilah, Complete Jules Claretie
  • Meanwhile the Friskas and czardas continued to revolve in his brain.

  • Unconscious of their scrutiny, the boy played a czardas, weird and strange.

    Our Little Hungarian Cousin Mary F. Nixon-Roulet
  • The motif occurred in the middle of the overture, directly after the czardas.

    The Salamander Owen Johnson
  • For piano there is a czardas, and a "Valse 138 Élégante" for eight hands; it is more Viennese than Chopinesque.

  • Familiar as it is to us, it is yet as foreign a music as any Tyrolean jodel or Hungarian czardas.

  • A vicious swirl of colour and dizzy, dislocated rhythms prefaced the incantations of the czardas.

    Visionaries James Huneker
  • To follow: poulet saut l'Hongroise, the clash of the czardas captured and imprisoned in a stew-pan.

    The Feasts of Autolycus

    Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • To die eating salad on the banks of the Danube to the wail of the czardas—that would be the true death!

    The Feasts of Autolycus

    Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • Had the strings of the bows played these czardas upon his own sinews, laid bare, he would not have trembled more violently.

    Prince Zilah, Complete Jules Claretie
British Dictionary definitions for czardas


a Hungarian national dance of alternating slow and fast sections
a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
Word Origin
from Hungarian csárdás
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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