disco

[dis-koh]

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.

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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Related Words for disco

nightclub, nightspot, club

Examples from the Web for disco

Contemporary Examples of disco

Historical Examples of disco

  • Harold lay down and gasped, Disco followed his example, and sighed.

    Black Ivory

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • Disco, speechless with amazement, rose up and sprang to the helm.

    Black Ivory

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • Disco looked earnestly and anxiously into the face of his friend.

    Black Ivory

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • Kambira and Disco, with Antonio and Jumbo, sat round the same fire.

    Black Ivory

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • “It is difficult to decide what one should do in these circumstances,” said Harold to Disco.

    Black Ivory

    R.M. Ballantyne


British Dictionary definitions for disco

disco

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
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

disco in Medicine

disco-

pref.

Disk:discoid.
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