song and dance


Definition of song and dance

1 : a theatrical performance (such as a vaudeville performance) combining singing and dancing
2 : a long and often familiar statement or explanation that is usually not true or pertinent

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of song and dance in a Sentence

instead of simply denying our request, the mayor's representative gave us a song and dance about legal issues and municipal liability
Recent Examples on the Web The traditional ceremony involves friends and family participating in a song and dance extravaganza prior to a wedding. Toyin Owoseje, CNN, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas are producing a reality wedding series for Amazon," 12 Dec. 2019 Try this: Play an upbeat holiday song and dance (really dance, don’t just shuffle your feet!) while belting out the lyrics. Good Housekeeping, "Power Through Holiday Stress With These Expert-Approved Tips and Tricks," 21 Dec. 2019 That's then augmented with lots of energetic song and dance, the latter exploding in bouts of movement that resemble a furry ballet. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Cats' leaves behind a memory that's best forgotten," 18 Dec. 2019 In it, two war buddies fall in love with two sisters and have to make Christmas miracles happen while performing some amazing song and dance numbers along the way. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "16 Romantic Christmas Movies to Stream on Netflix Over the Holidays," 13 Dec. 2019 USA TODAY Lin-Manuel Miranda is stepping away from his typical role as a song and dance man. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Are Lin-Manuel Miranda's fans ready to see him in a nonmusical? He takes a swing with 'His Dark Materials'," 22 Nov. 2019 Young men and women broke out in song and dance as news of the imminent resignation reached the square, the epicenter of the leaderless protest movement. Arkansas Online, "Iraqi prime minister to resign in wake of deadly protests," 29 Nov. 2019 No prodding was needed from Monte Vista students who sang, danced and giggled with delight as the five-member, all-woman MKDC, the defending two-time U.S. national champions, performed a medley of songs and dances. Andrew J. Campa, Glendale News-Press, "K-Pop invades gleeful Monte Vista Elementary," 27 Sep. 2019 After stopping to sing some of the song and dance, the action moved inside with a group of Western dancers as Ripa and Seacrest took the stage wearing sparklier Western ensembles, complete with sequins and fringe. Hilary Lewis, The Hollywood Reporter, "Talk Shows Celebrate Halloween With Multiple Versions of Olivia Newton-John, John Travolta, Pennywise," 31 Oct. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'song and dance.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of song and dance

1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about song and dance

Time Traveler for song and dance

Time Traveler

The first known use of song and dance was in 1613

See more words from the same year

Statistics for song and dance

Last Updated

20 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Song and dance.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for song and dance

song and dance


English Language Learners Definition of song and dance

: a performance that combines singing and dancing
US, informal + disapproving : a long story, explanation, or excuse that may not be true or directly related to what is being discussed

More from Merriam-Webster on song and dance

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for song and dance

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with song and dance

Comments on song and dance

What made you want to look up song and dance? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a feeling of well-being or elation

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Intact Latin Quiz

  • roman tablet
  • What did focus mean in Latin?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!