disco

[ dis-koh ]
/ ˈdɪs koʊ /

noun, plural dis·cos.

a style of popular music for dancing, usually recorded and with complex electronic instrumentation, in which simple, repetitive lyrics are subordinated to a heavy, pulsating, rhythmic beat.
any of various forms of dance, often improvisational, performed to such music.

adjective

of or relating to a disco or disco music.
intended for a disco or its patrons.

verb (used without object), dis·coed, dis·co·ing.

to dance disco, especially at a discotheque.

Nearby words

  1. disclosing,
  2. disclosing agent,
  3. disclosing solution,
  4. disclosure,
  5. discman,
  6. disco-,
  7. discobolus,
  8. discogenic,
  9. discogram,
  10. discographer

Origin of disco

An Americanism dating back to 1960–65; by shortening

disco-

a combining form representing disk or disc in compound words: discifloral.
a combining form meaning “phonograph record”, used in the formation of compound words: discography.
Also disci-; especially before a vowel, disc-.

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British Dictionary definitions for disco

disco

/ (ˈdɪskəʊ) /

noun plural -cos

  1. an occasion at which typically young people dance to amplified pop records, usually compered by a disc jockey and featuring special lighting effects
  2. (as modifier)disco dancing
a nightclub or other public place where such dances take place
mobile equipment, usually accompanied by a disc jockey who operates it, for providing music for a disco
  1. a type of dance music designed to be played in discos, with a solid thump on each beat
  2. (as modifier)a disco record

Word Origin for disco

C20: shortened from discotheque

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Word Origin and History for disco

disco

n.

1964, American English shortening of discotheque; sense extended by 1972 to the kind of music played there.

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Medicine definitions for disco

disco-

pref.

Disk:discoid.

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