- 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.
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- 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
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Word Origin and History for belly dance
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