waltz

1 of 2

noun

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

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verb

waltzed; waltzing; waltzes

intransitive verb

1
: to dance a waltz
2
: to move or advance in a lively or conspicuous manner : flounce
3
a
: 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
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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Before each interview, Franklin and Jones make their lunch and, over each one, steadily develop a companionship, preparing their spread in a lovely, unrushed, sometimes silent waltz that becomes more adept with time. Longreads, 16 May 2024 Arizona's planet will demonstrate personality and state pride, similar to Wisconsin's waltz and Washington's oyster. Brenna Gauchat, The Arizona Republic, 26 Mar. 2024
Verb
No longer can Barbara casually waltz into the librarian-less library and take out books at her discretion to read to her kindergarteners. Ile-Ife Okantah, Vulture, 13 Mar. 2024 Starting out among the audience in Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas, Rhett waltzed through the crowd of fellow attendees while singing the first verse of his latest single, stopping to take the occasional selfie and wave at his friends and colleagues. Stephen Daw, Billboard, 3 Sep. 2019 See all Example Sentences for waltz 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

Verb

derivative of waltz entry 1

First Known Use

Noun

1781, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1794, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of waltz was in 1781

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Cite this Entry

“Waltz.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waltz. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

waltz

1 of 2 noun
: a ballroom dance in ¾ time with strong accent on the first beat
also : music for a waltz

waltz

2 of 2 verb
1
a
: to dance a waltz
b
: to dance a waltz with
2
a
: to proceed easily and successfully : breeze
waltzed through the test
b
: to approach boldly
can't just waltz up and introduce ourselves

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