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

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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Just imagine it for a moment: the sound of the crackling fire, the sight of snow flurries waltzing behind the window, the taste of warm eggnog, and the coziness of your family sitting beside your twinkling leg lamp. Diana Bruk, Country Living, "You Can Now Stay Overnight in the 'Christmas Story' House," 14 Aug. 2018 Across the length of the court, Sharpe followed Bell, as if the two were a tandem waltzing into Thursday night's dying moments. Charlie Hatch, Cincinnati.com, "Tyler Sharpe has first start, gets late defensive stop in NKU's 54-52 win over Milwaukee," 8 Feb. 2018 There was a trailer, which was mostly hype coupled with the revelation that Captain Christopher Pike would indeed be waltzing in and taking control of the Discovery from Interim Captain Saru. Laura Hudson, The Verge, "All the news you might have missed from San Diego Comic-Con 2018," 23 July 2018 Until recently, someone with Ms. Gopinath’s background and outlook could have waltzed into a job in India’s Ministry of Finance. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "Gita Gopinath and India’s Brain Drain," 4 Oct. 2018 Last spring, Duke waltzed to a 19-6 walloping at Homewood Field. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, "Men’s lacrosse notes: Johns Hopkins has 'something to prove' after back-to-back first-round exits," 11 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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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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