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

Other Words from sword dance

sword dancer noun

Examples of sword dance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The matachin was an all-male sword dance that became popular in sixteenth-century Europe; Hay pictured its practitioners as ambiguous shamans, comparable to two-spirit beings in Native American tradition. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 25 June 2021 The band was credited with galvanizing a glam-rock boom, with acts seeking to imitate Mr. Van Halen’s quicksilver guitar solos and Roth’s exuberant stage antics, which included a samurai-sword dance and a split-kicking leap from the drum riser. Washington Post, 6 Oct. 2020 The Saudis give him a regal welcome, awarding Trump a medal, announcing plans for arms and business deals and inviting the president to take part in a traditional sword dance. NBC News, 25 July 2019 Learn how to wield a Japanese sword and witness an unforgettable performance by masters of kembu, or sword dance. National Geographic, 12 June 2019 Prince Charles has traveled frequently to Saudi Arabia—on one occasion even participating in the traditional Saudi sword dance. Jason Douglas, WSJ, 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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“Sword dance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sword%20dance. Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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