ring shout

  1. a group dance of West African origin introduced into parts of the southern U.S. by Black revivalists, performed by shuffling counterclockwise in a circle while answering shouts of a preacher with corresponding shouts, and held to be, in its vigorous antiphonal patterns, a source in the development of jazz.

Origin of ring shout

An Americanism dating back to 1930–35

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British Dictionary definitions for ring-shout


  1. a West African circle dance that has influenced jazz, surviving in the Black churches of the southern US

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