belly dance


noun

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

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Origin of belly dance

First recorded in 1895–1900

OTHER WORDS FROM belly dance

belly dancer, nounbelly dancing, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for belly dance

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British Dictionary definitions for belly dance

belly dance

noun

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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