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round dance

a dance performed by couples and characterized by circular or revolving movement, as the waltz.
a dance in which the dancers are arranged in or move about in a circle or ring.
Origin of round dance
First recorded in 1675-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Carole (Tyrwhitt—the other editions have dance) was a round dance.

    Chaucer for Children Mrs. H. R. Haweis
  • They whirled in a round dance as they met, forming a great whirlpool.

  • On returning, the crowd dances a horo (round dance) about the glowing logs.

    Modern Mythology Andrew Lang
  • A round dance that originated in Bohemia; the music of which is in quick, triple time.

  • The exhibition concluded with a round dance, which was thought to be very pretty, perhaps because it was exceedingly lively.

    Across India Oliver Optic
  • Why does Arch-Bishop Elder inhibit the round dance even in day-light?

  • He would like to have drawn a round dance, a drunken old man, the rapid passage of a troka.

    The Precipice Ivan Goncharov
  • Then at a signal began a round dance, such as I had never seen before,—the Hnen-odori, as anciently performed in Kizuki.

  • The dance p. 101which Mr. Casals—himself a Catalan—described to me, is a round dance of some complexity.

    Rustic Sounds Francis Darwin
  • The last part is entitled rondo, “a round dance,” and is evidently one in the literal sense of the word.

    Critical & Historical Essays Edward MacDowell
British Dictionary definitions for round dance

round dance

a dance in which the dancers form a circle
a ballroom dance, such as the waltz, in which couples revolve
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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