- 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.
- of or relating to a disco or disco music.
- intended for a disco or its patrons.
- to dance disco, especially at a discotheque.
Origin of disco
An Americanism dating back to 1960–65; by shortening
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Examples from the Web for disco
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For young white men at Comiskey Park, that target was disco music.
How could anyone think that their dislike of the Bee Gees made anything about Disco Demolition Night acceptable?
“Get Lucky,” which is in fact quite possibly the most disco song ever written, won Record of the Year at the 2014 Grammys.
Did it really have nothing to do with the fact that disco was popularized as “black” music?
Harold lay down and gasped, Disco followed his example, and sighed.
Disco, speechless with amazement, rose up and sprang to the helm.
Disco looked earnestly and anxiously into the face of his friend.
Kambira and Disco, with Antonio and Jumbo, sat round the same fire.
“It is difficult to decide what one should do in these circumstances,” said Harold to Disco.
- 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
- 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
- a type of dance music designed to be played in discos, with a solid thump on each beat
- (as modifier)a disco record
C20: shortened from discotheque
Word Origin and History for disco
1964, American English shortening of discotheque; sense extended by 1972 to the kind of music played there.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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