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mazurka

or ma·zour·ka

[muh-zur-kuh, -zoo r-]
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noun
  1. a lively Polish dance in moderately quick triple meter.
  2. music for, or in the rhythm of, this dance.

Origin of mazurka

1810–20; < Polish, equivalent to Mazur Mazovia (district in northern Poland) + -ka noun suffix
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Examples from the Web for mazurka

Historical Examples

  • And now the mazurka came to an end and we separated—until we should meet again.

    A Hero of Our Time

    M. Y. Lermontov

  • "I shall sleep badly to-night," she said to me when the mazurka was over.

    A Hero of Our Time

    M. Y. Lermontov

  • The mazurka had just finished, and the dancers were breaking into groups.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • They came from Peru, and danced the mazurka in green jackets with a jabot.

    The Young Duke

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • She played also a Mazurka by Schulhoff, and one or two other pieces.


British Dictionary definitions for mazurka

mazurka

mazourka

noun
  1. a Polish national dance in triple time
  2. a piece of music composed for this dance

Word Origin

C19: from Polish: (dance) of Mazur (Mazovia) province in Poland
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Word Origin and History for mazurka

n.

lively dance, also mazourka, 1818, from Russian mazurka, from Polish mazurek "dance of the Mazur," a reference to inhabitants of Mazowsze (Medieval Latin Mazovia), ancient region in central Poland. The Polish accusative in tanczyc mazurka "to dance the mazurek" was interpreted in Russian as a feminine affix, hence the -ka ending.

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