dance hall


: a large room set aside or suitable for dances
especially : a public hall offering facilities for dancing
ˈdan(t)s-ˌhȯl How to pronounce dance hall (audio)
: a genre of Jamaican music derived from reggae in which an artist improvises vocals over a recorded or live beat
… anyone who knew her or worked with her knows that she loves dancehall and has much respect and passion for the genre.Stephanie K
often used before another noun
dancehall music
A key form of symbolic capital obtainable in Jamaica is knowledge and possession of many Jamaican dancehall records.Marvin Sterling

Examples of dance hall in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The symphony is aiming to retain the lake and entrance, and possibly Coney's Moonlite Gardens dance hall. Scott Wartman, The Enquirer, 20 Mar. 2024 Staff Pick: The hero of the Monterey Park ballroom mass shooting Brandon Tsay wrestled a firearm away from the hands of a gunman at his family’s dance hall in Monterey Park one year ago Sunday. Elizabeth Robinson, NBC News, 19 Jan. 2024 Regarding jewelry, my father had a small summer dance hall in Michigan, but his other occupation in the winter was buying and selling jewelry and small antiques. Stephanie Sporn, Vogue, 27 Mar. 2024 Originally a private home, 3114 Paseo was turned into a dance hall and union meeting space in the early 1920s with a three-story addition, including an auditorium more than 100 feet long. Eleanor Nash, Kansas City Star, 25 Mar. 2024 In the neighboring towns of Luckenbach and Albert, there are historic dance halls, while the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park is just across the road. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 20 Mar. 2024 Ludlow Historic Society presents program about the park, which had an 85-acre lake, clubhouse, dance hall, motorcycle racing and modern rides. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 3 Mar. 2024 What about Moonlite Gardens? Moonlite Gardens, a dance hall built in the 1920s at Coney Island, played host to generations of school dances, receptions and concerts. Scott Wartman, The Enquirer, 9 Mar. 2024 Inaugurated with a red ribbon-cutting ceremony in the fall of 2021, the structure along Avis Street has served as a music venue, dance hall, and studio for youth bomba lessons. Detroit Free Press, 6 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of dance hall was in 1845

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“Dance hall.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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