dance card

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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. danbury,
  2. danby,
  3. dance,
  4. dance attendance on,
  5. dance band,
  6. dance drama,
  7. dance floor,
  8. dance form,
  9. dance hall,
  10. dance music

Origin of dance card

An Americanism dating back to 1890–95

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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