square dance

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  1. 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

Other words from square dance

  • square dancer, noun
  • square dancing, noun

Words Nearby square dance

Other definitions for square-dance (2 of 2)

[ skwair-dans, -dahns ]

verb (used without object),square-danced, square-danc·ing.
  1. to perform or participate in a square dance.

  2. to participate in a hoedown.

Origin of square-dance

First recorded in 1955–60

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How to use square dance in a sentence

  • He and a “very tall friend” went to a square dance, where they saw two girls walking toward them.

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  • Nowhere else do 13-year-old boys agree to square dance with their mothers or take the time to realize the solitude in knitting.

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  • Rakkan forgot his Martian dignity and fiddled for a square dance, with Isaacson doing the calling.

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  • On the floor of the barn a square dance was under way, the leader of the City Band calling the figures.

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  • And when the first square dance is about to begin there is a good deal of active searching for partners.

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  • The square dance, the reel, and the jig were the figures that gave most joy to their flying feet.

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  • Just as we got started, the dance closed, and the caller shouted to choose partners for a square dance.

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British Dictionary definitions for square dance

square dance

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

  1. (intr) to perform such a dance

Derived forms of square dance

  • square-dancer, noun

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