American English

Definition of dance noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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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 practice these new dance steps. Do you know any other Latin American dances? The next dance will be a waltz. see also rain dance
  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 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.
  6. Idioms
    a song and dance (about something) (informal)
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    a long explanation about something, or excuse for something
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: dance