Definition of polonaise
1 : an elaborate short-sleeved overdress with a fitted waist and a draped cutaway overskirt
2a : a stately Polish processional dance popular in 19th century Europeb : music for this dance in moderate 3⁄4 time
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The piece ends by turning Mozart’s tune into a feisty polonaise.
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Origin and Etymology of polonaise
French, from feminine of polonais Polish, from Pologne Poland, from Medieval Latin Polonia
First Known Use: 1740See Words from the same year
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