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belly dance

  1. 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
Also called danse du ventre.
Related formsbelly dancer, nounbelly dancing, noun
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belly dance

  1. a sensuous and provocative dance of Middle Eastern origin, performed by women, with undulating movements of the hips and abdomen
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verb belly-dance
  1. (intr) to perform such a dance
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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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