dis·​co | \ ˈdi-(ˌ)skō How to pronounce disco (audio) \
plural discos

Definition of disco

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a nightclub for dancing to live and recorded music
2 : popular dance music characterized by hypnotic rhythm, repetitive lyrics, and electronically produced sounds


discoed; discoing; discos

Definition of disco (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to dance to disco music

Definition of disco- (Entry 3 of 3)

— see disc-

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A style of dance music that arose in the mid-1970s, disco (short for discotheque), is characterized by hypnotic rhythm, repetitive lyrics, and electronically produced sounds. Disco evolved largely from New York underground nightclubs, in which disc jockeys would play dance records for hours without interruption, taking care to synchronize the beats so as to make a seamless change between records. Artists such as Donna Summer, Chic, and the Bee Gees, had hits in the genre, which peaked with the release of the film Saturday Night Fever (1977). Disco faded after 1980, but its influence, especially its sequenced electronic beats, still affects much of pop music.

Examples of disco in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Make the party disco ball jealous with one of these lippies below. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Get Your Pout Holiday Ready With These Sparkly And Festive Lippies," 23 Dec. 2019 And there are boxed sets of mirrored glass disco-ball ornaments in loads of colors. Washington Post, "Glam holiday décor that gets the party started," 12 Nov. 2019 The Crescent Ballroom is set to turn into a planetarium and The Van Buren will host a 70's disco dance party. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "New Years Eve 2020: Here are 24 parties in Phoenix, Tempe and Scottsdale," 24 Dec. 2019 This December, Kwiecinski will oversee the latest installment of the 12 Days of Grizmas, an extended pre-Christmas celebration in downtown Detroit that includes concerts, yoga classes, caroling, and a roller disco party. Allison Stewart, chicagotribune.com, "The wholesome EDM star Griz, who’s even playing at Chicago’s tourist-friendly Navy Pier, would kinda like to get stoned with Snoop Dogg," 4 Oct. 2019 Now, the space is used as a disco club, which is a whole other sort of ghost. Allyson Reedy, The Know, "Are these Colorado restaurants haunted? That depends on who you ask.," 23 Aug. 2019 Her mother was Sybil Williams—a Welsh actress who founded the popular New York disco club Arthur—and her father was Richard Burton, one of the most famous men in the world and a leading actor of his time. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Kate Burton On Her Dad Richard Burton's Greatest Advice," 30 July 2019 But Mary Louise wasn’t distracted by the facade of Renata’s fabulous life (the way many people at Amabella’s disco Halloween party were), homing in how little Renata has left. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Big Little Lies season 2, episode 5: “Kill Me” shows how cunning Mary Louise really is," 8 July 2019 There will be classes that give the 411 on famed contemporary artists such as Yayoi Kusama and Jeff Koons, workshops led by writers, chefs, and auctioneers, plus a live DJ during a Saturday night disco party. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Introducing The Wonder, a Members-Only Club for the Modern Family in New York City," 13 May 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In the quarterly earnings dance, Apple waltzed, Advanced Micro Devices stumbled, and Spotify discoed on. Fortune, "How Sanctions Are Starting To Squeeze Huawei—Data Sheet," 31 July 2019 After the screening, I was asked to write a ballad score and disco vocal for a dance scene. Marc Myers, WSJ, "The Nonsense Lyrics That Donna Summer Turned Into a Classic," 22 Aug. 2018 Yubin’s debut single draws on ‘80s disco and soft rock, sprinkling the playful melody with funky instrumentals, sweet harmonies, and playful synths. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "Former Wonder Girls Member Yubin Debuts First Solo Song 'Lady': Watch the Video," 5 June 2018 Your soup can and disco looks didn't impress the judges. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Aja talks reintroducing herself on 'RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars' 3," 23 Feb. 2018 Zendaya channeled her inner ‘70s disco Barbie on Monday (August 7) evening, attending Variety’s Power of Young Hollywood Event wearing an ombré pink sparkly pantsuit by designer Vivetta. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Zendaya Wears a Pink Sequined Suit on the Red Carpet," 10 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of disco


1963, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1976, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for disco


short for discotheque

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14 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Disco.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disco. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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How to pronounce disco- (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of disco

: a nightclub where people dance to recorded popular music
: a type of popular dance music

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