[ dans, dahns ]
/ dæns, dɑns /

verb (used without object), danced, danc·ing.

verb (used with object), danced, danc·ing.


Idioms for dance

Origin of dance

1250–1300; (v.) Middle English da(u)ncen < Anglo-French dancer, dauncer, Old French dancier, perhaps < Old High German *dansjan to lead (someone) to a dance; (noun) Middle English da(u)nce < Anglo-French; Old French dance, derivative of dancier

OTHER WORDS FROM dance Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for dance

/ (dɑːns) /



Derived forms of dance

danceable, adjectivedancer, noundancing, noun, adjective

Word Origin for dance

C13: from Old French dancier
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Idioms and Phrases with dance


In addition to the idioms beginning with dance

  • dance attendance on
  • dance to another tune

also see:

  • lead a chase (dance)
  • song and dance
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