barn dance


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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Recent Examples on the Web 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,, "Talbott: one of Monterey County’s flagship wine brands," 4 Aug. 2020 Somehow, our family ended up at a New Year’s Party that was themed as a barn dance. Devorah Heitner, Longreads, "What’s Happening to My Body?," 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, "Ken Burns' New Documentary Is A Deep Dive Into the Fascinating History of Country Music," 13 Aug. 2019 Hank’s Bar & Grill will have occasional live music, bar specials, barn dances, lawn games, and hayrides. Joshua Berman, The Know, "Colorado’s newest campground offers glamping an hour from Denver," 29 June 2019 The festivities also include Swedish music from morning to night, culminating with an old-fashioned barn dance. Jay Jones,, "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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First Known Use of barn dance

1825, in the meaning defined above

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“Barn dance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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barn dance


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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