barn dance


Definition of 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 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 One side, the home to Cowgirl Winery, has a barn dance feel with its chickens clucking around and bluegrass tunes setting the mood. Chris Macias,, 4 Aug. 2020 Somehow, our family ended up at a New Year’s Party that was themed as a barn dance. Devorah Heitner, Longreads, 13 Sep. 2019 The film also reminds us of country’s unique ability to bring people together, whether at early barn dances or the down-home Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Woman's Day, 13 Aug. 2019 Hank’s Bar & Grill will have occasional live music, bar specials, barn dances, lawn games, and hayrides. Joshua Berman, The Know, 29 June 2019 See More

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First Known Use of barn dance

1825, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of barn dance was in 1825

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“Barn dance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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