morris dance

[ mawr-is, mor- ]

  1. a rural folk dance of north English origin, performed in costume traditionally by men who originally represented characters of the Robin Hood legend, especially in May Day festivities.

Origin of morris dance

1425–75; late Middle English moreys daunce Moorish dance; see Moorish
  • Also called morris.

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How to use morris dance in a sentence

  • A May-pole was an abomination equalled only in atrocity by a "Whitsun-ale" or a "Morris-dance."

  • They drew up before the house and danced their morris-dance for us.

    Records of a Girlhood | Frances Ann Kemble
  • It was an old English dance, called a "morris dance," with a lilt and a tilt which set all feet a-going.

    Operas Every Child Should Know | Mary Schell Hoke Bacon
  • The lads and lassies sang carols, played at such games as kiss-in-the-ring, and danced the morris dance.

  • The tantara changes to a graceful and yet hilarious dance chorus, “A morris dance must you entrance,” sung fortissimo.

British Dictionary definitions for morris dance

morris dance

/ (ˈmɒrɪs) /

  1. any of various old English folk dances usually performed by men (morris men) to the accompaniment of violin, concertina, etc. The dancers are adorned with bells and often represent characters from folk tales: Often shortened to: morris

Origin of morris dance

C15 moreys daunce Moorish dance. See Moor

Derived forms of morris dance

  • morris dancing, noun

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