barn dance


noun

a social gathering, originally held in a barn, and including square dances, round dances, and hoedown music.
any party featuring country dances, dress, music, etc.

Origin of barn dance

An Americanism dating back to 1890–95
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Examples from the Web for barn dance

  • It was the day that Annixter had chosen for his barn-dance and, in consequence, Quien Sabe was in fete and work suspended.

    The Octopus|Frank Norris
  • "And women pet them; they'd prefer a fool who can pot rabbits and do a barn-dance to Homer himself," growled Yate.

    Love's Usuries|Louis Creswicke
  • Fern Mullins and Cy had, the evening before, driven alone to a barn-dance in the country.

    Main Street|Sinclair Lewis
  • Like Annixter's barn-dance, it was to be an event in which all the country-side should take part.

    The Octopus|Frank Norris

British Dictionary definitions for barn dance

barn dance


noun

British a progressive round country dance
US and Canadian a party with hoedown music and square-dancing
a party featuring country dancing
a disco or party held in a barn
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