dance card


a card listing, in order, the names of the partners with whom a woman has agreed to dance at a formal ball or party.

Origin of dance card

An Americanism dating back to 1890–95 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for dance card

  • The program or dance-card of public balls and college class dances, has undeniable advantages.

    Etiquette|Emily Post
  • Her dancing had called forth the admiration of everybody, and the young men crowded about, begging to see her dance-card.

    Patty's Friends|Carolyn Wells
  • Presently he drew from his pocket a dance-card, glanced over it for the twentieth time, and replaced it with a sigh.

    The Eternal Boy|Owen Johnson