noun \ˈwl(t)s\

: a dance in which a couple moves in a regular series of three steps; also : the music used for this dance

Full Definition of WALTZ

:  a ballroom dance in 34 time with strong accent on the first beat and a basic pattern of step-step-close
:  music for a waltz or a concert composition in 34 time

Examples of WALTZ

  1. They danced a waltz together.
  2. Johann Strauss wrote many beautiful waltzes.

Origin of WALTZ

German Walzer, from walzen to roll, dance, from Old High German walzan to turn, roll — more at welter
First Known Use: 1781



: to dance a waltz

: to move or walk in a lively and confident manner

: to succeed at something easily

Full Definition of WALTZ

intransitive verb
:  to dance a waltz
:  to move or advance in a lively or conspicuous manner :  flounce
a :  to advance easily and successfully :  breeze —often used with through
b :  to approach boldly —used with up <can't just waltz up and introduce ourselves>
transitive verb
:  to dance a waltz with
:  to grab and lead (as a person) unceremoniously :  march
waltz·er noun

Examples of WALTZ

  1. He waltzed with his daughter at her wedding.
  2. He waltzed her around the dance floor.
  3. He came waltzing into the room.
  4. She waltzed right up to him and introduced herself.

First Known Use of WALTZ

circa 1794

Rhymes with WALTZ


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Ballroom turning dance evolved from the Ländler in the 18th century. It is characterized by a step, slide, and step in 3/4 time. It was highly popular in the 19th and early 20th century. Variations include the rapid, whirling Viennese waltz and the slower, dipping Boston waltz, modified by Vernon and Irene Castle as the hesitation waltz. Many 19th-century composers wrote waltz music, most notably Franz Peter Schubert, Frédéric Chopin, Johannes Brahms, and Johann Strauss.


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