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snake-danced; snake-dancing; snake-dances

intransitive verb

: to engage in a snake dance

snake dance

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: a ceremonial dance in which snakes or their images are handled, invoked, or symbolically imitated by individual sinuous actions
: a group progression in a single-file serpentine path (as in celebration of an athletic victory)

Examples of snake-dance in a Sentence

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Madison Chock and Evan Bates, the defending champions, have established themselves over the past few seasons as dancers who perform best in character; their snake dance, with Chock in green as the serpent, became a signature. Joyce Rubin, Vogue, 29 Jan. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use


1922, in the meaning defined above


1772, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of snake-dance was in 1772

Dictionary Entries Near snake-dance

snake dance


snake doctor

Cite this Entry

“Snake-dance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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