- 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
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Examples from the Web for sword dance
Then the Laird danced a sword-dance over two T squares and broke them both.Trilby
George Du Maurier
Do you think any one can dance the sword-dance without the pipes?Macleod of Dare
The entertainment concluded with a hornpipe and sword-dance,—an exhibition which seemed to please the two kings highly.Ocean's Story; or Triumphs of Thirty Centuries
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.
- a dance in which the performers dance nimbly over swords on the ground or brandish them in the air