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folk dance

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
Related forms
folk dancer, noun
folk dancing, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for folk dance
Historical Examples
  • We'll introduce a folk dance and a few folk songs if necessary.

    The Smuggler's Cave

    George A. Birmingham
  • They were dressed in many-coloured garments and danced a folk dance.

    Marching Men Sherwood Anderson
  • The Irish folk dance was attempted for a third time, and then relinquished in favor of a waltz.

    Cytherea Joseph Hergesheimer
  • Occasionally one had an impression that it had once been a folk dance of vigour and significance.

    The Foundations of Japan J.W. Robertson Scott
  • I have promised to lead a folk dance conference on the weekend.

    Warren Commission (3 of 26): Hearings Vol. III (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • Their dance was probably an Irish folk dance, although it was comparatively simple yet the effect was charming.

British Dictionary definitions for folk dance

folk dance

any of various traditional rustic dances often originating from festivals or rituals
a piece of music composed for such a dance
verb (intransitive)
to perform a folk dance
Derived Forms
folk dancing, noun
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