tea dance


: a dance held in the late afternoon

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The post-parade tea dance is presented by the Purple Foundation. Dallas News, 2 June 2022 The weekend closes on Sunday with Twisted Sister Bingo and a tea dance. Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, 8 June 2022 Sunday’s tea dance takes place at Soundcheck, before the closing party with deep and tribal house at Ultrabar. Washington Post, 10 Apr. 2021 The next day, the couple headed back to Boatslip for another afternoon tea dance, with guests attired in caftans and carrying parasols. New York Times, 1 Oct. 2021 More than 1,500 revelers had gathered on the first floor of the Kansas City Hyatt Regency for a popular tea dance party hosted by the swanky 1-year-old hotel. Holly Yan, CNN, 17 July 2021 The tea dance was a popular social activity from the late 1800s to pre-WWI era that saw a revival in the 1950s and '60s as a Sunday tradition in Fire Island where gay singles could meet each other in a place less likely to be raided by the police. Adam Schubak, Harper's BAZAAR, 13 July 2021 Since the pilot began, Wolsey said some center users have been accessing the Lyft rides when coming to play cards or bingo, get their hearing tested, obtain legal advice or participate in the weekly tea dance, for example. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Pomerado News, 6 Sep. 2019 But Cincinnati's gay men would have to go to other cities for Sunday tea dances. Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, 22 June 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tea dance was in 1885

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“Tea dance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tea%20dance. Accessed 29 Mar. 2023.

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