[dan-ser, dahn-]


a person who dances.
a person who dances professionally, as on the stage.

Origin of dancer

1250–1300; Middle English dauncer; see dance, -er1
Related formsnon·danc·er, noun


[dan-ser, dahn-]


Stanley,1927–2005, U.S. harness racer and trainer. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for dancer

Contemporary Examples of dancer

Historical Examples of dancer

  • Figures, are Tracts made by Art, on which the Dancer is to move.


    John Weaver

  • No other dancer in the room could be thought comparable to him.

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington

  • Yes, indeed, even I—just as you see me, a dancer at the Opera.

  • Didn't you make me a dancer just so that someone might come and take me away with him?

  • The dancer—she on whose witching graces every glance was bent—was Maritaa!

    Roland Cashel

    Charles James Lever

Word Origin and History for dancer

mid-15c., agent noun from dance. (Dancere as a surname is attested from early 12c.). Related: Danseuse "female dancer," from French fem. of danseur.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper