war dance


noun

a dance preliminary to going into battle or in celebration of a victory, as formerly among American Indians.

Nearby words

  1. war cloud,
  2. war correspondent,
  3. war crime,
  4. war crimes,
  5. war cry,
  6. war department,
  7. war establishment,
  8. war footing,
  9. war game,
  10. war hawk

Origin of war dance

An Americanism dating back to 1705–15

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British Dictionary definitions for war dance

war dance

noun

a ceremonial dance performed before going to battle or after victory, esp by certain North American Indian peoples
a dance representing warlike action
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