a solo dance of Middle Eastern origin, performed by a woman with midriff exposed, emphasizing movements of the pelvis and abdominal muscles.
Words nearby belly dance
Origin of belly dance
First recorded in 1895–1900
Also called danse du ventre.
OTHER WORDS FROM belly dancebelly dancer, nounbelly dancing, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for belly dance
a sensuous and provocative dance of Middle Eastern origin, performed by women, with undulating movements of the hips and abdomen
(intr) to perform such a dance
Derived forms of belly dancebelly dancer, noun
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