danse macabre

French noun phrase
danse ma·​ca·​bre | \ däⁿs-mä-käbrᵊ How to pronounce danse macabre (audio) \

Definition of danse macabre

 (Entry 1 of 5)

: macabre dance : dance of death

Note: In the medieval period, the dance macabre was a literary or pictorial representation of a procession or dance of both living and dead figures expressing the medieval allegorical concept of the all-conquering and equalizing power of death.

basse danse

noun (1)
\ (ˈ)bäs-¦däⁿs\
plural basses danses\ (ˈ)bäs-​¦däⁿs , -​¦däⁿ-​səz \

Definition of basse danse (Entry 2 of 5)

: a stately 15th century court dance that was ancestor to the minuet

danse d'école

noun (2)
danse d'é·​cole | \ dääⁿsdākȯl\
plural danses d'école\ " \

Definition of danse d'école (Entry 3 of 5)

: ballet that adheres to traditional rules : classical ballet

danse du ventre

noun (3)
danse du ven·​tre | \ dääⁿsdᵫ̅väⁿtr(ᵊ), -t(rə)\
plural danses du ventre\ " \

Definition of danse du ventre (Entry 4 of 5)

palais de danse

noun (4)
\ -dəˈdäⁿs\
plural palais de danse

Definition of palais de danse (Entry 5 of 5)

: a public dance hall

History and Etymology for danse macabre

Noun (1)

French basse-danse, danse basse, literally, low dance

Noun (2)

French, literally, school dance

Noun (3)

French, literally, belly dance

Noun (4)

French, literally, dance palace

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