plural -s
: dance : a social gathering for dancing
specifically : one at which Spanish or Mexican folk dances are performed

Word History


Spanish, from bailar to dance, from Old Spanish, modification of Old Provençal balar, from Late Latin ballare

First Known Use

1844, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of baile was in 1844

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“Baile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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