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polonaise

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noun po·lo·naise \ˌpä-lə-ˈnāz, ˌpō-\

Definition of polonaise

  1. 1 :  an elaborate short-sleeved overdress with a fitted waist and a draped cutaway overskirt

  2. 2 a :  a stately Polish processional dance popular in 19th century Europe b :  music for this dance in moderate 34 time



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Origin of polonaise

French, from feminine of polonais Polish, from Pologne Poland, from Medieval Latin Polonia


First Known Use: 1773


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