dance

[ dans, dahns ]
/ dæns, dɑns /
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verb (used without object), danced, danc·ing.

verb (used with object), danced, danc·ing.

noun


Nearby words

  1. danaë,
  2. danaüs,
  3. danburite,
  4. danbury,
  5. danby,
  6. dance attendance on,
  7. dance band,
  8. dance card,
  9. dance drama,
  10. dance floor

Idioms

Origin of dance

1250–1300; (v.) Middle English da(u)ncen < Anglo-French dancer, dauncer, Old French dancier, perhaps < Old High German *dansjan to lead (someone) to a dance; (noun) Middle English da(u)nce < Anglo-French; Old French dance, derivative of dancier

SYNONYMS FOR dance
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British Dictionary definitions for outdance

dance

/ (dɑːns) /

verb

noun

Derived Formsdanceable, adjectivedancer, noundancing, noun, adjective

Word Origin for dance

C13: from Old French dancier

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Word Origin and History for outdance
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Idioms and Phrases with outdance

dance

In addition to the idioms beginning with dance

  • dance attendance on
  • dance to another tune

also see:

  • lead a chase (dance)
  • song and dance
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