mazurka

noun
ma·​zur·​ka | \ mə-ˈzər-kə How to pronounce mazurka (audio) , -ˈzu̇r- How to pronounce mazurka (audio) \
variants: or less commonly mazourka \ mə-​ˈzu̇r-​kə How to pronounce mazurka (audio) \

Definition of mazurka

1 : a Polish folk dance in moderate triple measure
2 : music for the mazurka or in its rhythm usually in moderate ³/₄ or ³/₈ time

Examples of mazurka in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The national dances are a riot of color, yellow for the Neapolitan, blue for the csárdás, red for the mazurka. Jeffrey Gantz, BostonGlobe.com, 27 May 2022 Variation after variation test every tool these dancers have, layered over with waggish character dancing pulling from Polish mazurka and Russian hopak, to name a few. Lauren Warnecke, chicagotribune.com, 4 Mar. 2022 The concert will be directed by Christian McKee and feature holiday favorites, a Scott Joplin rag, a Bach cantata and a Yuletide mazurka from Italy. oregonlive, 15 Dec. 2021 The final movement was a feisty dance, like a Russified Chopin mazurka, with spiraling runs and bursts of chords, played by Mr. Trifonov with fire and élan, though not a trace of showiness for its own sake. New York Times, 28 Nov. 2019 People could dance to a Chopin mazurka, minding the cobblestones of course. David Coggins, Town & Country, 10 Dec. 2015

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First Known Use of mazurka

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mazurka

Russian, from Polish mazurek, from Mazury Masuria, region of Northeast Poland

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The first known use of mazurka was in 1818

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31 May 2022

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“Mazurka.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mazurka. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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