dance card

  1. 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

Words Nearby dance card Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use dance card in a sentence

  • The Hoover Library has a dance card from 1895 showing that young Herbert signed up to do the two-step with future first lady Lou Hoover, but he disliked dancing, and the couple gave it up after they got married.

    Not all presidents’ dance skills are created equal | Bonnie Berkowitz, Joanne Lee | January 21, 2021 | Washington Post
  • Then, handing me back my iPad, he said nonchalantly in a really good mock-English accent, “Sorry, chap, my dance card is full.”

    Bulletin From The Front | Rabbi Daniel Landes | April 9, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • 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
  • The program or dance-card of public balls and college class dances, has undeniable advantages.

    Etiquette | Emily Post
  • “She had her dance card full and was splitting her waltzes,” supplied Mary, who was just back from an afternoon at Winsted.

    Betty Wales Freshman | Edith K. Dunton