cancan

noun
can·​can | \ˈkan-ˌkan \

Definition of cancan 

: a woman's dance of French origin characterized by high kicking usually while holding up the front of a full ruffled skirt

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Some mantises evolved to look like showy blossoms, a cancan of deadly come-ons. Natalie Angier, New York Times, "Birds Beware: The Praying Mantis Wants Your Brain," 22 Sep. 2017 Friday night at 8:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Live entertainment at four stages ranges from Madame Gigi's Outrageous French CanCans to Milwaukee area singer-songwriters Claire Kelly and Ryan McIntyre. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Free Bastille Days festival gives Milwaukee a lively French accent," 12 July 2017

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First Known Use of cancan

1842, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cancan

French

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cancan

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cancan

: a woman's dance of French origin that involves kicking the legs while holding up the front of a full skirt

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