ballroom dance


: any of various usually social dances (such as the tango, two-step, and waltz) in which couples perform set moves
ballroom dancer noun
ballroom dancing noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The foundation also funds DanceAbility, a wheelchair ballroom dance program, developed with the Fred Astaire Dance Studios of Narragansett. Amanda Milkovits,, 1 Nov. 2022 The 2003 crash left Tori Lynn Andreozzi a quadriplegic, yet Tori returned to ballroom dance, performing in her wheelchair at a National Fred Astaire Ballroom Dance competition. Amanda Milkovits,, 1 Nov. 2022 Windey previously opened up about how Schwer feels about her weekly ballroom dance numbers with partner Val Chmerkovskiy, especially after their sensual performance on Oct. 24. Stephanie Wenger, Peoplemag, 1 Nov. 2022 Partly thanks to its unique blend of Spanish, African, and Caribbean music, the island’s creative influence extends across the globe, feeding numerous genres from jazz and rock to ballroom dance, classical, and even hip-hop. Chris Wheatley, Longreads, 20 Oct. 2022 Now, the singer and performer will join the likes Cheryl Ladd, Selma Blair, Jordin Sparks, RHONJ star, Teresa Giudice, and Jersey Shore star Vinny Guadagnino, on the ballroom dance reality competition set to kicks off its 31st season Sept. 19. Essence, 10 Sep. 2022 The ballroom dance competition has been delayed by almost a week to accommodate coverage of the royals. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 15 Sep. 2022 On Monday, Dern, 55, who costars with Jackman in the new film The Son, shared a sweet video of Jackman, 53, showing her ballroom dance steps. Amethyst Tate, Peoplemag, 13 Sep. 2022 Dance the night away at the city's biggest ballroom dance social event of the year. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 12 Sep. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'ballroom dance.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Word History

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ballroom dance was in 1850

Dictionary Entries Near ballroom dance

Cite this Entry

“Ballroom dance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

More from Merriam-Webster on ballroom dance

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Challenging Words You Should Know

  • hedgehog reading a book
  • Often used to describe “the march of time,” what does inexorable mean?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.