- a dance that originated among, and has been transmitted through, the common people.Compare court dance.
- a piece of music for such a dance.
Origin of folk dance
First recorded in 1905–10
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Examples from the Web for folk dance
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.
- any of various traditional rustic dances often originating from festivals or rituals
- a piece of music composed for such a dance
- to perform a folk dance
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