square dance


Definition of square dance

: a dance for four couples who form the sides of a square

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Other Words from square dance

square-dance \ ˈskwer-​ˌdan(t)s How to pronounce square dance (audio) , -​ˌdän(t)s \ intransitive verb
square dancer noun
square dancing noun

Examples of square dance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In another episode, in Season 4, hosted by the folk singer Arlo Guthrie, an initially sedate Muppet square dance devolves into cheerful brutality, with the participants punching and kicking one another. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, 17 Apr. 2021 Clog dancing takes influences from Wales, Irish line, African folk and square dance. New York Times, 19 Feb. 2021 On one side a half dozen branches converge to create a bench wide enough for a square dance. Thayer Walker, Scientific American, 29 Dec. 2016 As active members of the Knights of Columbus, Gladys and Phillip Emile started the Kacy Squares square dance club in East Hartford and were avid dancers for many years. courant.com, 5 Sep. 2019 There’s a community square dance on the festival’s opening day, July 21 (4:30), and a dance party in the amphitheater July 26 (8:30 p.m.) with live music by the Nortec Collective from Tijuana. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, 17 July 2019 It’s true; the lumbering D and the brusque Z better suit a square dance for livestock. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 8 Oct. 2019 The family played old-time square dance music at venues such as Ramona Town Hall. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, 26 Sep. 2019 See them in action at the Saturday evening concert and square dance. BostonGlobe.com, 14 June 2016

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First Known Use of square dance

1870, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of square dance was in 1870

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“Square dance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/square%20dance. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for square dance

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English Language Learners Definition of square dance

: a dance for four couples that begins with each couple facing one of the other couples so that the four couples form a square

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Kids Definition of square dance

: a dance for four couples who form the sides of a square

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