- a formal social gathering that includes a dinner followed by dancing.
Origin of dinner dance
First recorded in 1900–05
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Examples from the Web for dinner-dance
Arethusa had not the faintest idea what a "dinner-dance" might be.The Heart of Arethusa
Francis Barton Fox
The house is full of people, as they are having a dinner-dance tonight.Bab: A Sub-Deb
Mary Roberts Rinehart
I'm taking my dress clothes over to Westmore—they're having a dinner-dance to-night.Nobody's Child
Mrs. Selfridge gave a dinner-dance at the club that night and her guests came in furs of great variety and much value.
She wanted her dinner-dance to be smart, to have the atmosphere she had found in the New York cabarets.
- a formal dinner followed by dancing
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