sword dance

noun

Definition of sword dance 

1 : a dance performed by men in a circle holding a sword in the right hand and grasping the tip of a neighbor's sword in the left hand

2 : a dance performed over or around swords

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sword dancer noun

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Prince Charles has traveled frequently to Saudi Arabia—on one occasion even participating in the traditional Saudi sword dance. Jason Douglas, WSJ, "Saudi Crown Prince Woos British to Bring Business Back Home," 7 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of sword dance

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sword dance was in 1604

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