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disco

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noun dis·co \ˈdis-(ˌ)kō\

Definition of disco

plural

discos

  1. 1 :  a nightclub for dancing to live and recorded music

  2. 2 :  popular dance music characterized by hypnotic rhythm, repetitive lyrics, and electronically produced sounds

Did You Know?

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.

Origin and Etymology of disco

short for discotheque


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disco

verb dis·co

Definition of disco

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to dance to disco music

First Known Use of disco

1976


disco-

dis·co

Definition of disco-

  1. — see disc-


DISCO Defined for English Language Learners

disco

play
noun

Definition of disco for English Language Learners

  • : a nightclub where people dance to recorded popular music

  • : a type of popular dance music


Learn More about disco

  1. Spanish Central: Translation of disco Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about disco


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