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[dis-koh] /ˈdɪs koʊ/
noun, plural discos.
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.
any of various forms of dance, often improvisational, performed to such music.
of or relating to a disco or disco music.
intended for a disco or its patrons.
verb (used without object), discoed, discoing.
to dance disco, especially at a discotheque.
Origin of disco
An Americanism dating back to 1960-65; by shortening


a combining form representing disk or disc in compound words:
a combining form meaning “phonograph record”, used in the formation of compound words:
Also, disci-; especially before a vowel, disc-. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • 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


noun (pl) -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
a nightclub or other public place where such dances take place
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
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Word Origin and History for disco

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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disco in Medicine

disco- or disc- or disci-
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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Slang definitions & phrases for disco



: show up for a disco party and fashion show


  1. A discotheque, a kind of nightclub where patrons dance to recorded music, sometimes with synchronized psychedelic and strobe lighting: There's not much jazzing around at the disco (1964+)
  2. (also disco music) A musical style based on black soul music and marked by a strong rhythmic bass guitar (1970s+)


: We discoed the night away

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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