barn dance


: an American social dance originally held in a barn and featuring several dance forms (such as square dancing)

Examples of barn dance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Here, rates include meals and all beverages; horseback riding; guided hiking, biking, and fly-fishing; kids' and teens' programs; evening barn dances and rodeos; and shuttle service to and from Steamboat Springs. Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, Travel + Leisure, 28 May 2023 Those instruments moved guitar music out of the parlor and onto the porch—and to the barn dance, the blues session, the bluegrass jam, the union rally, the coffeehouse, and the civil-rights protest—and what might be called the century of the guitar was under way. Paul Elie, The New Yorker, 16 May 2022 This stunning spring treat is dressed up and ready to go to all your favorite places, whether that's a barn dance, a bridal shower, or just an extra special treat for friends. Torie Cox, Country Living, 27 Feb. 2023 The headliner will also play a barn dance on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Nave. Anchorage Daily News, 26 Jan. 2023 Radio stations were abandoning barn dance-style programs. New York Times, 31 Oct. 2021 Gill said McGee first played the famed radio program in 1926, months before the barn dance program became known as the Grand Ole Opry. From Usa Today Network and Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 21 July 2021 O’Connell commissioned muralist William Woodward to paint a dream-like scene depicting a joyous barn dance above the bar. Justin Kaneps, WSJ, 30 May 2021 Activities include: playing games, cooking, gardening, doing crafts and chores, hearing stories, preparing a traditional tea party, putting on a play or a barn dance. Star Tribune, 18 Apr. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1825, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of barn dance was in 1825

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“Barn dance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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