barn dance

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  1. a social gathering, originally held in a barn, and including square dances, round dances, and hoedown music.

  2. any party featuring country dances, dress, music, etc.

Origin of barn dance

An Americanism dating back to 1890–95

Words Nearby barn dance Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use barn dance in a sentence

  • The band was playing, slowly, as is the dancing-fashion of the North, that barn dance; and almost every girl was in white.

    Mushroom Town | Oliver Onions
  • Are you clean daffy, doin' a barn dance around that rusty capstan, makin' a noise fit to frighten the fish?

    Captain Scraggs | Peter B. Kyne
  • It was at a country barn dance during these few days that he met Moyra Dolan.

    The Wind Bloweth | Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne
  • "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
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for barn dance

barn dance

  1. British a progressive round country dance

  2. US and Canadian a party with hoedown music and square-dancing

  1. a party featuring country dancing

  2. a disco or party held in a barn

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