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



BrE BrE//ˈkænkæn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkænkæn//
(also the cancan) [singular]
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a fast dance in which a line of women kick their legs high in the air Word Originmid 19th cent.: from French, child's word for canard ‘duck’, from Old French caner ‘to quack’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cancan