- a dance preliminary to going into battle or in celebration of a victory, as formerly among American Indians.
Origin of war dance
An Americanism dating back to 1705–15
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Examples from the Web for war dance
Probably then you will dance the war-dance of exasperation on its dismembered remains.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
They danced upon the sea of fire as warriors dance the war-dance.The Book of Nature Myths
He hopped and leaped like a Winnebago chief in the war-dance.Down The River
They supposed it a festival got up for their entertainment, as they would got up a war-dance to please their guests.
George had seen little of the red men and begged them to hold a war-dance.Historic Boyhoods
Rupert Sargent Holland
- a ceremonial dance performed before going to battle or after victory, esp by certain North American Indian peoples
- a dance representing warlike action
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