folk dance


a dance that originated among, and has been transmitted through, the common people.Compare court dance.
a piece of music for such a dance.

Nearby words

  1. folium,
  2. folivore,
  3. folivorous,
  4. folk,
  5. folk art,
  6. folk etymology,
  7. folk linguistics,
  8. folk magic,
  9. folk mass,
  10. folk medicine

Origin of folk dance

First recorded in 1905–10

Related formsfolk dancer, nounfolk dancing, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for folk dance

  • It's a Russian folk-dance my mother taught me the first year we were in this country.

  • The outlines of his tunes show unmistakably the influence of English folk-song and folk-dance.

    Purcell|John F. Runciman

British Dictionary definitions for folk dance

folk dance


any of various traditional rustic dances often originating from festivals or rituals
a piece of music composed for such a dance

verb folk-dance (intr)

to perform a folk dance
Derived Formsfolk dancing, noun

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