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czardas

or csar·das

[chahr-dahsh]
noun
  1. a Hungarian national dance in two movements, one slow and the other fast.
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Origin of czardas

1855–60; < Hungarian csárdás, equivalent to csárda wayside tavern (< Serbo-Croatian čcȁrdāk orig., watchtower < Turkish < Persian chārtāk four-cornered room; čār four + tāk vault) + -s adj. suffix; earlier csárdák was analyzed as csárda + -k plural suffix
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Examples from the Web for czardas

Historical Examples

  • And Marsa also gazed after them, her ears caressed by the czardas of the musicians.

    Prince Zilah, Complete

    Jules Claretie

  • Meanwhile the Friskas and Czardas continued to revolve in his brain.

  • Unconscious of their scrutiny, the boy played a czardas, weird and strange.

    Our Little Hungarian Cousin

    Mary F. Nixon-Roulet

  • The motif occurred in the middle of the overture, directly after the czardas.

    The Salamander

    Owen Johnson

  • For piano there is a czardas, and a "Valse 138 Élégante" for eight hands; it is more Viennese than Chopinesque.


British Dictionary definitions for czardas

czardas

noun
  1. a Hungarian national dance of alternating slow and fast sections
  2. a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
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Word Origin

from Hungarian csárdás
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