dance hall


Definition of dance hall

1 : a large room set aside or suitable for dances especially : a public hall offering facilities for dancing
2 dancehall \ ˈdan(t)s-​ˌhȯl How to pronounce dancehall (audio) , ˈdän(t)s-​ \ : 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 noundancehall musicA key form of symbolic capital obtainable in Jamaica is knowledge and possession of many Jamaican dancehall records.— Marvin Sterling

First Known Use of dance hall

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Dance hall.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of dance hall

: a large building or room in which people pay to go dancing

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