sword dance



any of various dances, usually performed by men, in which swords are ceremonially flourished or are laid on the ground and danced around.

Origin of sword dance

First recorded in 1595–1605
Related formssword dancer, noun
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Examples from the Web for sword dance

Historical Examples of sword dance

  • Then the Laird danced a sword-dance over two T squares and broke them both.


    George Du Maurier

  • Do you think any one can dance the sword-dance without the pipes?

    Macleod of Dare

    William Black

  • The entertainment concluded with a hornpipe and sword-dance,—an exhibition which seemed to please the two kings highly.

  • It is said that when Cruikshank was eighty-three, he executed a sword-dance before an old officer who had mentally buried him.

    George Cruikshank

    W. H. Chesson

  • To one spectator it was more interesting than the sword-dance, more exciting than a steeple-chase.

British Dictionary definitions for sword dance

sword dance


a dance in which the performers dance nimbly over swords on the ground or brandish them in the air
Derived Formssword dancer, nounsword dancing, noun
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