ˈdan(t)s-ˌȯf How to pronounce dance-off (audio)
plural dance-offs
: a dancing competition
The finals were a dance-off—one by one, each girl danced her routine alone, on stage, in front of an auditorium full of hundreds of strangers.Mark Coddington
One night they happened to catch a fox trot performed on Dancing With the Stars, the ABC battle-of-the-ballroom hit that paired … celebrities with professional dancers in a six-week dance-off.Michelle Andrews

Examples of dance-off in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There was an all-too-rare Marshall and Robin subplot about a dance-off, Barney tried to convince Ted to go to Robots vs. Wrestlers with him, and there was an appearance from Coat Check Girl. Ew Staff Updated,, 18 Mar. 2024 Today, Carrie Ann shares her thoughts via email about why Alyson Hannigan brought her to tears, her last-minute decision in her dance-off vote and her thoughts on the end of the road for fan-favorite Barry Williams., 16 Nov. 2023 On Monday's episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Gronkowski, 34, discussed his dance-off with Kelce, 34, at his 2022 Gronk Beach Party — and rated his dancing skills compared to the Kansas City Chiefs star. Escher Walcott, Peoplemag, 30 Jan. 2024 Michael Bublé's 4 Kids: All About Noah, Elias, Vida and Cielo Other moments include a family dance-off featuring Bublé, wife Luisana Lopilato and their kids. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 23 Jan. 2024 Two other colleagues staged an impromptu dance-off, trading pirouettes and arabesques. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, 29 Nov. 2023 The party looked like a good time as people were on the dance floor two-stepping and engaging in a dance-off. Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 9 Oct. 2023 Later in the evening, Biles and her friends changed into their pajamas and had a little dance-off. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 9 Sep. 2023 The siblings love dancing together, and Chyna posted a sweet video of the two having a dance-off while wearing matching holiday jammies in 2022. Emy Lacroix, Peoplemag, 23 Aug. 2023

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Word History


dance entry 1 + -off

First Known Use

1967, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dance-off was in 1967

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“Dance-off.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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