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.

OTHER WORDS FROM belly dance

belly dancer, nounbelly dancing, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for 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 forms of belly dance

belly dancer, noun
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