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[wuhn-step] /ˈwʌnˌstɛp/
a round dance performed by couples to ragtime.
a piece of music for this dance.
verb (used without object)
to dance the one-step.
Origin of one-step
First recorded in 1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • A one-step was just over, and the dancers were crowding the foyer.

  • Elderly ladies loved to have him one-step with them and squeeze their elbows.

    The Innocents Sinclair Lewis
  • one-step, fox-trot and a Lulu Fado followed in smooth succession.

    A Man's Hearth Eleanor M. Ingram
  • For what was a two-step now compared to the one-step which Pee-wee had taken?

    Pee-Wee Harris Adrift

    Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • The very nature of the waltz contrasted sharply with the one-step.

    The Blood Red Dawn Charles Caldwell Dobie
  • The ragtime had a cracked, heart-broken rhythm as though it were a one-step of despair.

    The Trembling of a Leaf William Somerset Maugham
  • But, seriously, doesn't the rhythm of that one-step make you instinctively want to dance?

    The Bachelors William Dana Orcutt
  • By this time he was able to pull through on the one-step and the canter waltz, but his great success was the fox-trot.

    The Bachelors William Dana Orcutt
  • He clasped her, conscious of her smooth warmth, and solemnly he circled in a heavy version of the one-step.

    Babbitt Sinclair Lewis
British Dictionary definitions for one-step


an early 20th-century ballroom dance with long quick steps, the precursor of the foxtrot
a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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