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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


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

Other Words from waltz


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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And while his teammates gathered at center ice, Yzerman lifted the Cup over his head and began a slow waltz around the ice. Gene Myers, Detroit Free Press, 9 June 2022 And the Boston Ballet Orchestra, under music director Mischa Santora, gave an easy lilt to the proceedings, particularly the first-act waltz and polonaise. Jeffrey Gantz, BostonGlobe.com, 27 May 2022 The buoyant waltz themes of Rael Jones’ score fit the material to perfection. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 July 2022 The standout senior had five goals and four assists Saturday morning, helping the Raiders waltz into the Division 1 quarterfinals with a dominant 14-1 win over Chelmsford. Kevin Stone, BostonGlobe.com, 11 June 2022 After Game 3, Steve Kerr called out the Warriors for letting Boston waltz into the lane and dictate the action. Shane Young, Forbes, 15 June 2022 The 65-year-old entertainment mogul has a soundtrack for all of his life's moments, from childhood memories of sneaking into The O'Jays concerts to the perfect song for a potential father-daughter waltz with Lori Harvey. Elise Brisco, USA TODAY, 19 May 2022 What transpired at the studio performances Shore captured does arguably add up to a last waltz, of sorts, given the inevitable changing of guards. Chris Willman, Variety, 28 Apr. 2022 Thus, the latter includes a bolero, a tango, a Christmas carol, a patter song and a waltz. Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In many states today, anyone who has been arrested but not convicted for domestic violence can waltz into a gun store and purchase an AR-15. Kathryn Kosmides, Fortune, 11 July 2022 Very few people can just waltz straight to the big leagues and do their thing. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2022 Ladies and gentlemen, do not tarry, for this is your opportunity to waltz your way into high society, make use of those dance cards, and find somebody to burn for. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, 28 June 2021 Then Mantha stood by the net and watched as Mattias Janmark tapped in a pass from Patrick Kane, who’d been left alone by Vladislav Namestnikov to waltz up the left flank with the puck. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, 24 Jan. 2021 Next year is the first year of eligibility for David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez, and my belief is that the beloved Papi will waltz into the Hall while all the others remain barred. BostonGlobe.com, 12 Jan. 2020 If Deommodore Lenoir didn’t slip, Amon-Ra St. Brown doesn’t waltz his way to a 47-yard touchdown. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 20 Dec. 2020 The three of them danced and took turns waltzing with Rose, holding her up and wiggling her legs, but never throwing her in the air, not like this, not so high, not outside. Hilary Leichter, Harper's Magazine, 25 May 2020 Memorial’s hopes for a 2-0 start to the district campaign went out the window after converting just 28 percent of their shots, enabling Kingwood to waltz to an easy 59-38 victory. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, 17 Dec. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of waltz


1781, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1794, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for waltz


borrowed from German Walzer, from walzen "to turn from one side to another, roll" (going back to Middle High German, "to roll over") + -er -er entry 2 — more at welter entry 1


derivative of waltz entry 1

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8 Aug 2022

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“Waltz.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waltz. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for waltz


\ 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


waltzed; waltzing

Kids Definition of waltz (Entry 2 of 2)

: to dance a waltz

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