[ dis-koh ]
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noun,plural dis·cos.
  1. 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.

  1. any of various forms of dance, often improvisational, performed to such music.

  1. of or relating to a disco or disco music.

  2. intended for a disco or its patrons.

verb (used without object),dis·coed, dis·co·ing.
  1. to dance disco, especially at a discotheque.

Origin of disco

An Americanism dating back to 1960–65; by shortening

Words Nearby disco

Other definitions for disco- (2 of 2)


  1. a combining form representing disk or disc in compound words: discifloral.

  2. a combining form meaning “phonograph record”, used in the formation of compound words: discography.

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British Dictionary definitions for disco


/ (ˈdɪskəʊ) /

nounplural -cos
    • an occasion at which typically young people dance to amplified pop records, usually compered by a disc jockey and featuring special lighting effects

    • (as modifier): disco dancing

  1. a nightclub or other public place where such dances take place

  1. mobile equipment, usually accompanied by a disc jockey who operates it, for providing music for a disco

    • a type of dance music designed to be played in discos, with a solid thump on each beat

    • (as modifier): a disco record

Origin of disco

C20: shortened from discotheque

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