Definition of dance noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dɑːns//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dæns//
    Styles of music
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  1. 1  [countable] a series of movements and steps that are usually performed to music; a particular example of these movements and steps a dance class/routine Find a partner and practise these new dance steps. Do you know any other Latin American dances? The next dance will be a waltz. see also rain dance Wordfinderballet, ballroom, band, choreograph, dance, floor, folk dance, music, partner, step
  2. 2  [uncountable] the art of dancing, especially for entertainment an evening of drama, music and dance modern/classical dance a dance company/troupe
  3. 3  [countable] an act of dancing Let's have a dance. He did a little dance of triumph.
  4. 4  [countable] a social event at which people dance We hold a dance every year to raise money for charity.
  5. 5  [countable] a piece of music for dancing to The band finished with a few slow dances. See related entries: Styles of music
  6. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French dancer (verb), dance (noun), of unknown origin.Extra examples In her delight she got up and did a little dance. May I have the next dance? Save the last dance for me. She had to sit out the last dance because of a twisted ankle. They met at a dance. Would you like a dance? pigeons performing their mating dance A ceilidh is like a kind of Scottish or Irish barn dance. I took her to my first high school dance.Idioms
    lead somebody a (merry) dance
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    (British English) to cause somebody a lot of trouble or worry
      a song and dance (about something)
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    1. 1(British English, informal, disapproving) if you make a song and dance about something, you complain or talk about it too much when this is not necessary She gives generously to charity without making a song and dance about it.
    2. 2[countable] (North American English, informal) a long explanation about something, or excuse for something
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: dance