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 More pop flavors show up, and dashes of disco, too. Peter C. Baker, The New Yorker, 15 May 2022 Your new album Lady for Sale nods to the neon hues and synth sounds of the Eighties, with touches of disco in the mix. Jon Freeman, Rolling Stone, 28 Apr. 2022 Influences of disco, funk, R&B and electronic music are the perfect complement to Lipa’s vivacious persona. Washington Post, 23 Feb. 2022 Boogie to three different channels of music at a Valentine’s Day edition of a silent disco, held at B-Side. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, 10 Feb. 2022 Their appeal often extends to generations that missed the last days of disco by a mile. Tanya Dukes, Robb Report, 6 Nov. 2021 Nineteen seventy-two was a transitional year in music, with disco, punk and hip-hop a few years away from breaking. Spin Staff, SPIN, 22 Apr. 2022 My early years were shaped in rock ‘n’ roll and soul, blues and funk and disco that my older sister would play. Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 20 Apr. 2022 The event offers live music followed by DJ sets filled with disco, funk and house music. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 15 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Set to disco music, the improvisational dance form created by Black and Latino communities incorporates jazz, martial arts, rapid arm movements and poses. Los Angeles Times, 12 June 2020 In the quarterly earnings dance, Apple waltzed, Advanced Micro Devices stumbled, and Spotify discoed on. Fortune, 31 July 2019 After the screening, I was asked to write a ballad score and disco vocal for a dance scene. Marc Myers, WSJ, 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, 5 June 2018 Your soup can and disco looks didn't impress the judges. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, 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, 10 Aug. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of disco


1957, 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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20 May 2022

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“Disco.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disco. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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