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.

Origin of folk dance

First recorded in 1905–10


folk dancer, nounfolk dancing, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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 forms of folk dance

folk dancing, noun
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