- 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
Examples from the Web for morris dance
In later times the Morris-dance was frequently introduced on the stage.
They drew up before the house and danced their morris-dance for us.Records of a Girlhood
Frances Ann Kemble
Maid Marian was always a prominent figure in the morris-dance.
The hobby-horse doth hither prance, Maid Marian and the Morris-dance.The Annals of Willenhall
Frederick William Hackwood
It is generally agreed that the Morris-Dance was introduced into this country in the sixteenth century.
- 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 talesOften shortened to: morris
Word Origin and History for morris dance
mid-15c., moreys daunce "Moorish dance," from Flemish mooriske dans, from Old French morois "Moorish, Arab, black," from More "Moor" (see Moor). Unknown why the English dance was called this, unless in reference to fantastic dancing or costumes (cf. Italian Moresco, a related dance, literally "Moorish;" German moriskentanz, French moresque).