square dance


Definition of square dance

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

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 Eddy spent a lot of time at Ramsey's place on Seventh Street and Weldon Avenue, where Ramsey's father, Clay, made square dance records and released them on his Old Timer imprint. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 22 July 2022 Instead of professional actors, ordinary people will take the stage to do things such as square dance during the ceremony’s warm-up act, the paper said. WSJ, 4 Feb. 2022 Clinics on the round dance, contra and the square dance are scheduled in the early afternoon with a waltz quadrille clinic and workshops at 3 p.m. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 June 2021 The Wells Ward was described as a community hub, where everyone could assemble to watch a film during World War II or learn how to square dance. Saige Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 Nov. 2021 But group conversations can be like a square dance — everyone together, then breaking into smaller groups and pairs, changing partners, returning to the larger group. BostonGlobe.com, 1 Nov. 2021 The son of an itinerant South Carolina preacher, Mr. Floyd grew up with the music of the South: revival meeting hymns, square dance fiddlers, rollicking country hoedowns and folk songs. New York Times, 30 Sep. 2021 But now suppose that many Majorana-mode pairs are shuffled around like couples in a square dance, constantly changing partners while maintaining an appropriate social distance. Quanta Magazine, 29 Sep. 2021 At a Tuscumbia Armory square dance, Hawkins met a young guitarist named Jimmy Johnson. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, 11 Aug. 2021 See More

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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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26 Jul 2022

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“Square dance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/square%20dance. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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