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

OTHER WORDS FROM sword dance

sword dancer, noun
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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 forms of sword dance

sword dancer, nounsword dancing, noun
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