waltz

noun
\ˈwȯl(t)s \

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

The second movement waltz, under Rachmaninoff’s fingers, is an essay in macabre shadow-play. Joseph Horowitz, WSJ, "‘Rachmaninoff Plays Symphonic Dances’ Review: A Master Interprets Himself," 17 Sep. 2018 As Stroman began to craft dances, Kander went to the piano to craft waltzes. Barbara Isenberg, latimes.com, "Susan Stroman is back, this time waltzing with 'The Beast in the Jungle'," 23 May 2018 Hymn tunes, patriotic tunes, waltzes and marches seem familiar but are not. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "Opera UCLA proves Susan B. Anthony, more than ever, remains 'The Mother of Us All'," 21 May 2018 There’s an ongoing waltz in the poem between binaries of camaraderie and isolation, synthesis and division, creation and destruction, harmony and chaos. Tyler Malone, latimes.com, "The road taken by Robert Frost through New England," 29 June 2018 On the third Friday, anything goes: waltz, foxtrot, rumba, cha-cha. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Dancing The Night Away: Tango, Salsa Nights At Hartford Ballroom," 7 May 2018 From the American waltz to the Argentine tango, instructor Roberto Munoz and student Tom Doukas shared the histories of the popular dance styles. F. Amanda Tugade, chicagotribune.com, "The Longest Day: Dance event at Belmont Village in Oak Park raises funds in fight against Alzheimer's," 25 June 2018 The title track combines waltz-like elegance with a danceable beat. Martin Johnson, WSJ, "‘El Maquech’ Review: Big Sounds From a Small Group," 11 June 2018 Sometimes images or characters waltz into my head, or an individual sentence. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "'Fates and Furies' author Lauren Groff comes to Baltimore to read from her new short story collection," 8 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

It’s hard to imagine the biggest moneymaker automatically waltzing off with the new Oscar. Michael Salfino, WSJ, "Your Movie Grossed $500 Million—But Was It Popular Enough for an Oscar?," 11 Aug. 2018 The kind of compromises that will surely get thrown back at them on the campaign trail, while Oprah waltzes down the pristine path of celebrity. Will Bunch, Philly.com, "Oprah 2020 mania proves the American presidency is badly broken | Will Bunch," 9 Jan. 2018 Not surprisingly, the TMC waltzed home with three-quarters of the seats. The Economist, "People in India often despair of their democracy," 31 May 2018 Heughan became Barbour's first Global Brand Ambassador last year and promptly waltzed his plaid-wearing way into our hearts. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Sam Heughan's Latest Ad for Barbour Is an Ode to the Perfect Summer Day," 7 Apr. 2017 Other competitors may suit families better than the Rubicon that waltzed through the optional severe off-road course spur. Tom Voelk, New York Times, "26 Vehicles Played in the Mud. Here’s the Dirt.," 12 July 2018 There’s a full orchestra and grand ballroom scene, with choreographer and dance teacher Katie Williams teaching the cast how to waltz. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, "Hinsdale Central to present some twists to 'Cinderella' story," 16 Apr. 2018 Though the system’s not stacked against everyone, as Harper is reminded when a recent Dartmouth grad waltzes into her boss’s office. refinery29.com, "Set It Up Is Not Only The Rom-Com Millennials Want, It’s The One They Need," 20 June 2018 The Daily Mirror reported that Clooney waltzed Kate and Meghan around the dance floor before a spectacular fireworks display capped off the evening. Katie Nicholl, Vanities, "Inside the Royal Wedding Reception: Beer Pong, D.J. Idris Elba, and George Clooney Dancing with Two Duchesses," 21 May 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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More Definitions for waltz

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 \
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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