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[skwair-dans, -dahns]
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verb (used without object), square-danced, square-danc·ing.
  1. to perform or participate in a square dance.
  2. to participate in a hoedown.
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Origin of square-dance

First recorded in 1955–60

square dance

  1. a dance by a set of four couples arranged in a square or in some set form.
  2. hoedown(def 1).
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Origin of square dance

First recorded in 1865–70
Related formssquare dancer, nounsquare dancing, noun
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Related Words for square-dance

hoedown, quadrille

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Historical Examples of square-dance

  • He was also much in demand as a square-dance caller and fiddler.

    Tom Swift and the Electronic Hydrolung

    Victor Appleton

  • "If he's a square-dance caller, his memory ought to be extra good," Bud joked.

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
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verb square-dance
  1. (intr) to perform such a dance
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Derived Formssquare-dancer, noun
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