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disco

noun dis·co \ ˈdis-(ˌ)kō \
|Updated on: 12 Aug 2018

Definition of disco

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

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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.

Origin and Etymology of disco

short for discotheque


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disco

verb

Definition of disco

: to dance to disco music

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First Known Use of disco

1976

in the meaning defined above

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disco-

combining form

Definition of disco-

— see disc-

DISCO Defined for English Language Learners

disco

Definition of disco for English Language Learners

  • : a nightclub where people dance to recorded popular music

  • : a type of popular dance music


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


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