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disco

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noun, plural dis·cos.
  1. discotheque.
  2. a style of popular music for dancing, usually recorded and with complex electronic instrumentation, in which simple, repetitive lyrics are subordinated to a heavy, pulsating, rhythmic beat.
  3. any of various forms of dance, often improvisational, performed to such music.
adjective
  1. of or relating to a disco or disco music.
  2. intended for a disco or its patrons.
verb (used without object), dis·coed, dis·co·ing.
  1. to dance disco, especially at a discotheque.

Origin of disco

An Americanism dating back to 1960–65; by shortening

disco-

  1. a combining form representing disk or disc in compound words: discifloral.
  2. a combining form meaning “phonograph record”, used in the formation of compound words: discography.
Also disci-; especially before a vowel, disc-.
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Examples from the Web for disco

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Historical Examples

  • Disco, speechless with amazement, rose up and sprang to the helm.

    Black Ivory

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • Harold lay down and gasped, Disco followed his example, and sighed.

    Black Ivory

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • Disco assumed a severely thoughtful expression of countenance.

    Black Ivory

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • When Disco first saw this ungainly monster he was bereft of speech for some minutes.

    Black Ivory

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • “Just what was running in my own mind, Disco,” said Harold, musing over his supper.

    Black Ivory

    R.M. Ballantyne


British Dictionary definitions for disco

disco

noun plural -cos
    1. an occasion at which typically young people dance to amplified pop records, usually compered by a disc jockey and featuring special lighting effects
    2. (as modifier)disco dancing
  1. a nightclub or other public place where such dances take place
  2. mobile equipment, usually accompanied by a disc jockey who operates it, for providing music for a disco
    1. a type of dance music designed to be played in discos, with a solid thump on each beat
    2. (as modifier)a disco record

Word Origin

C20: shortened from discotheque
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for disco

n.

1964, American English shortening of discotheque; sense extended by 1972 to the kind of music played there.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

disco in Medicine

disco-

pref.
  1. Disk:discoid.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

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