belly dance



a solo dance of Middle Eastern origin, performed by a woman with midriff exposed, emphasizing movements of the pelvis and abdominal muscles.

Origin of belly dance

First recorded in 1895–1900
Also called danse du ventre.
Related formsbelly dancer, nounbelly dancing, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of belly dance

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British Dictionary definitions for belly dance

belly dance


a sensuous and provocative dance of Middle Eastern origin, performed by women, with undulating movements of the hips and abdomen

verb belly-dance

(intr) to perform such a dance
Derived Formsbelly dancer, noun
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Word Origin and History for belly dance

also bellydance, 1883, from belly (n.) + dance (n.), in later uses translating French danse du ventre. As a verb from 1963.

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