round dance


Definition of round dance

1 : a folk dance in which participants form a ring and move in a prescribed direction
2 : a ballroom dance in which couples progress around the room
3 : a series of movements performed by a bee to indicate that a source of food is nearby

Examples of round dance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ron and Ann enjoyed square/round dancing, playing cards with family and friends, tending to his garden, traveling, camping, fishing, white water rafting, and spending time at his condo in Florida., "Ronald H. Pomeroy," 22 July 2019

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First Known Use of round dance

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Round dance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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