\ 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


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 upcan'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


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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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


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

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The first known use of waltz was in 1781

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11 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Waltz.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waltz. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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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



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


\ 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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