po·​lo·​naise | \ ˌpä-lə-ˈnāz , ˌpō-\

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 Europe
b : music for this dance in moderate ³/₄ time

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The Chopin Youth Piano Competition will feature both junior (ages 10 through 14) and senior (15 through 18) musicians playing polonaises and other compositions by the Polish composer. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Polish Fest celebrates the 100th anniversary of the rebirth of a nation," 13 June 2018 The piece ends by turning Mozart’s tune into a feisty polonaise. Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, "Listening to the Piece That Made Chopin’s Career," 30 June 2017

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First Known Use of polonaise

1740, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for polonaise

French, from feminine of polonais Polish, from Pologne Poland, from Medieval Latin Polonia

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