barn dance

noun

Definition of barn dance 

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

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The festivities also include Swedish music from morning to night, culminating with an old-fashioned barn dance. Jay Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Europe in the Midwest: Heritage centers help travelers connect to the past," 1 June 2018 The Westerlees, an old-time country barn dance band, also will perform. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Farm heritage festival adds music, more activities," 12 Sep. 2017

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1825, in the meaning defined above

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barn dance

noun

English Language Learners Definition of barn dance

: an informal social event at which people do traditional dances (such as square dances)

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