- a lively couple dance of Bohemian origin, with music in duple meter.
- a piece of music for such a dance or in its rhythm.
- to dance the polka.
Origin of polka
Examples from the Web for polka
Above the notes of praise is a small photo of Guerin wearing a polka dot tie and pocket square, staring at you like a sociopath.The Multimillion ‘Clairvoyance by Mail’ Scam
November 21, 2014
You might learn that the songs sound like a cross between mariachi and polka and come from the norteño folk tradition.Are Narcocorrido Mexican Drug Ballads Really That Bad?
November 24, 2013
The sister was dressed in traditional Roma dress—covered in a pink, furry, polka dot dressing gown.Blonde Child Reunited With Roma Family After Irish Police Blunder
October 23, 2013
She was dressed casually in skinny jeans, a polka dot Zara top and a green Ralph Lauren blazer jacket.Kate Bounces Back To Pre-Baby Shape Just Five and a Half Weeks After Giving Birth
August 30, 2013
Polka dots merge into Dior logos, culminating in a faceless chainsaw-wielding mannequin.Monsters of Fashion Exhibition Opens in Paris
February 20, 2013
She knew how to waltz and she could dance the polka and the schottishe.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
Why, she's drummed away at that polka for six months and she can't get her grip on it yet.The Universal Reciter
If I go to the party I'll just drop in for a few minutes as I am, in my polka dot.The Tale of Mrs. Ladybug
Arthur Scott Bailey
If you could see the little girl dance the Polka with her sisters!Letters of Edward FitzGerald
He wants to dance the polka as Petrarch, and find a Laura in every partner.'Tancred
- a 19th-century Bohemian dance with three steps and a hop, in fast duple time
- a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
- (intr) to dance a polka
Word Origin and History for polka
1844, from French polka, German Polka, probably from Czech polka, the dance, literally "Polish woman" (Polish Polka), fem. of Polak "a Pole." The word might also be an alteration of Czech pulka "half," for the half-steps of Bohemian peasant dances. Or it could be a merger of the two. The dance was in vogue first in Prague, 1835; it reached London by the spring of 1842.
Vous n'en êtes encore qu'au galop, vieil arriéré, et nous en sommes à la polka! Oui, c'est la polka que nous avons dansée à ce fameux bal Valenlino. Vous demandez ce que c'est que la polka, homme de l année dernière! La contredanse a vécu; le galop, rococo; la valse à deux temps, dans le troisième dessous; il n'y a plus que la polka, la sublime, l'enivrante polka, dont les salons raffolent, que les femmes de la haute, les banquiéres les plus cossues et les comtesses les plus choenosophoses étudient jour et nuit. ["La France Dramatique," Paris, 1841]
As a verb by 1846 (polk also was tried).
A lively dance for couples, originating in eastern Europe.