[skwair-dans, -dahns]

verb (used without object), square-danced, square-danc·ing.

to perform or participate in a square dance.
to participate in a hoedown.

Nearby words

  1. square wave,
  2. square with,
  3. square yard,
  4. square, magic,
  5. square-bashing,
  6. square-law,
  7. square-rigged,
  8. square-rigger,
  9. square-shouldered,
  10. square-toes

Origin of square-dance

First recorded in 1955–60

square dance


a dance by a set of four couples arranged in a square or in some set form.

Origin of square dance

First recorded in 1865–70

Related formssquare dancer, nounsquare dancing, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for square-dance

square dance


mainly US and Canadian any of various formation dances, such as a quadrille, in which the couples form squares

verb square-dance

(intr) to perform such a dance
Derived Formssquare-dancer, noun

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