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barn dance

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noun
  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.
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Origin of barn dance

An Americanism dating back to 1890–95
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Related Words

contredansehoedown

Examples from the Web for barn dance

Historical Examples

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

    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

  • 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

  • Fern Mullins and Cy had, the evening before, driven alone to a barn-dance in the country.

    Main Street

    Sinclair Lewis


British Dictionary definitions for barn dance

barn dance

noun
  1. British a progressive round country dance
  2. US and Canadian a party with hoedown music and square-dancing
  3. a party featuring country dancing
  4. a disco or party held in a barn
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