morris dance

[ mawr-is, mor- ]
/ ˈmɔr ɪs, ˈmɒr- /


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 mor·ris. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for morris dance

morris dance
/ (ˈmɒrɪs) /


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

Derived forms of morris dance

morris dancing, noun

Word Origin for morris dance

C15 moreys daunce Moorish dance. See Moor
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