waltz

noun
\ ˈwȯl(t)s How to pronounce waltz (audio) \

Definition of waltz

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a ballroom dance in ³/₄ time with strong accent on the first beat and a basic pattern of step-step-close
2 : music for a waltz or a concert composition in ³/₄ time

waltz

verb
waltzed; waltzing; waltzes

Definition of waltz (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to dance a waltz
2 : to move or advance in a lively or conspicuous manner : flounce
3a : to advance easily and successfully : breeze often used with through
b : to approach boldly used with up can't just waltz up and introduce ourselves

transitive verb

1 : to dance a waltz with
2 : to grab and lead (someone) unceremoniously : march

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Other Words from waltz

Verb

waltzer noun

Examples of waltz in a Sentence

Noun

They danced a waltz together. Johann Strauss wrote many beautiful waltzes.

Verb

He waltzed with his daughter at her wedding. He waltzed her around the dance floor. He came waltzing into the room. She waltzed right up to him and introduced herself.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Two specters danced a terrifying waltz, not touching, a foot of space electric between them. Lori Waxman, chicagotribune.com, "Live art in Chicago today — Art Institute, MCA Chicago and Cultural Center raising their game," 16 June 2019 In the early days, families came from surrounding farms on horseback to waltz Saturday night away under kerosene lamps. Molly Hennessy-fiske, latimes.com, "Texas once had 1,000 dance halls. Now there’s a rush to save those that remain," 4 June 2019 Luger Chris Mazdzer offered excellent posture on a pretty Viennese waltz that was full of energy. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "'Dancing With the Stars': Adam Rippon is the one to beat," 7 May 2018 Or traditional social dances like the waltz or the foxtrot. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Fortnite keeps stealing dances — and no one knows if it’s illegal," 20 Dec. 2018 Later on in the show, Bobby Bones and Sharna Burgess took to the ballroom floor for a Viennese waltz. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Dancing With the Stars' Fans Go Nuts After Seeing Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten's Steamy Kiss," 6 Nov. 2018 There’s her parents: Katie, the janitress breadwinner, her hands scarred from soda-and-lye wash, and Johnny, a part-time singing waiter prone to spontaneous waltzes and bursts of whistling—boyishly handsome, and hopelessly alcoholic. Allie Spensley, WSJ, "A Tale of Roots and Resilience," 5 Oct. 2018 Better start practicing your Expelliarmus tango and your Wingardium Leviosa waltz, because one of your favorite Harry Potter actors has joined Dancing With the Stars. Devon Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, ""Harry Potter" Star Evanna Lynch Joins "Dancing With the Stars" Season 27," 12 Sep. 2018 The debutantes then were paired with YMI members for the club's traditional waltz. Sue Strachan, NOLA.com, "Proteus queens reunite at annual luncheon," 6 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

After Brandon Belt waltzed home from third base on an Evan Longoria double into the left field corner, Wotus made a surprising call to wave second baseman Joe Panik home in an effort to help the Giants score the go-ahead run in the seventh inning. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "2019 Giants not embracing ‘Nothing to lose’ mentality (at least so far)," 12 June 2019 And now head home to Boston with a 5-1 win and a chance Wednesday night to waltz the Cup around the Garden in an historic Game 7. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, "Here’s how the Bruins turned the tables on the Blues in Game 6," 10 June 2019 Out of nowhere, teammate George Wilson zoomed in and pulverized them both, and Osmanski waltzed into the end zone to complete one of the greatest plays in Bears history. Will Larkin, chicagotribune.com, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 77, Bill Osmanski," 21 June 2019 Investigators scoured hours of grainy surveillance footage from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection port of entry, zooming in on the fuzzy faces of thousands of people waltzing into Mexico. Meagan Flynn, Washington Post, "‘They just vanished’: A business partner murdered a family of four with a sledgehammer, jury finds," 11 June 2019 Is that Ina Garten waltzing through the door, smiling and high-fiving you? Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "Here's Why You Should Be Using Parchment Paper Instead of Wax Paper," 29 May 2019 So what if FC Dallas waltzed into Foxborough and left with a 1-0 win? Avi Creditor, SI.com, "The MLS XI, Week 7: Atlanta, NYCFC Dazzle; Zlatan Scores to Headline Weekend," 16 Apr. 2018 Picking up a stray ball in the Bradford City half following kick off, the England international waltzed towards the edge of the penalty area, before rifling a deflected effort past Matt Clarke in the Bantams goal. SI.com, "7 World Soccer Records That Will Be Near Impossible to Break," 22 Mar. 2018 Chace explains why 1973 isn't a landmark year, like 1945 when the war ended or 1969 when Buzz Aldrin waltzed across the surface of the moon. Lorraine Ali, latimes.com, ""Trust:" The Getty family gets their own FX series," 24 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of waltz

Noun

1781, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1794, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for waltz

Noun

German Walzer, from walzen to roll, dance, from Old High German walzan to turn, roll — more at welter

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waltz

noun

English Language Learners Definition of waltz

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a dance in which a couple moves in a regular series of three steps also : the music used for this dance

waltz

verb

English Language Learners Definition of waltz (Entry 2 of 2)

: to dance a waltz
: to move or walk in a lively and confident manner
: to succeed at something easily

waltz

noun
\ ˈwȯlts How to pronounce waltz (audio) \
plural waltzes

Kids Definition of waltz

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a dance in which couples glide to music having three beats to a measure

waltz

verb
waltzed; waltzing

Kids Definition of waltz (Entry 2 of 2)

: to dance a waltz

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