noun \ˈpōl-kə, ˈpō-kə\

: a lively dance for couples

: the music for a polka

Full Definition of POLKA

:  a lively couple dance of Bohemian origin in duple time with a basic pattern of hop-step-close-step
:  a lively originally Bohemian dance tune in 24 time
polka intransitive verb

Examples of POLKA

  1. The band played a polka.

Origin of POLKA

Czech, from Polka Polish woman, feminine of Polák Pole
First Known Use: 1843


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Lively couple dance of Bohemian folk origin. The polka (Czech for “Polish woman”) is characterized by three quick steps and a hop and is danced to music in , or duple, time. It originated in the early 19th century and became popular in ballrooms across Europe and in North and South America. It has remained popular into the 21st century as both a folk dance and a ballroom dance.


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