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folk dance

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noun
  1. a dance that originated among, and has been transmitted through, the common people.Compare court dance.
  2. a piece of music for such a dance.

Origin of folk dance

First recorded in 1905–10
Related formsfolk dancer, nounfolk dancing, noun
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Examples from the Web for folk dance

Historical Examples

  • The outlines of his tunes show unmistakably the influence of English folk-song and folk-dance.

    Purcell

    John F. Runciman

  • It's a Russian folk-dance my mother taught me the first year we were in this country.


British Dictionary definitions for folk dance

folk dance

noun
  1. any of various traditional rustic dances often originating from festivals or rituals
  2. a piece of music composed for such a dance
verb folk-dance (intr)
  1. to perform a folk dance
Derived Formsfolk dancing, noun
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