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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 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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In a week when oil stocks seem stuck in the familiar (if somewhat erratic) steps of a Viennese waltz, Apache Corp. is dancing to a different tune. Liam Denning | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Apache Offers Thrills to Investors Prizing Boredom," 2 Dec. 2019 She's stepped up as dancer and the Viennese waltz plays directly into her strengths as a graceful performer. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "'Dancing with the Stars' finale: Who's going to win the Mirror Ball trophy?," 26 Nov. 2019 The ball, jarred loose, did a waltz near the sideline before veering away from linebacker Josh Bynes and Hodges and into Humphrey’s path. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "Weird, wild, but a win: Ravens outlast Steelers in overtime to end two-game losing streak," 7 Oct. 2019 Vienna Boys Choir: Motets and lieder for boys choirs form the core of the touring repertoire, as do the choir's own arrangements of quintessentially Viennese music-like waltzes and polkas. Jan Burns, Houston Chronicle, "Fall fun is everywhere with events lineup," 20 Sep. 2019 The Shoreline Dance Club Monthly Dances: The dance lessons begin promptly at 7:30 p.m.: Sept. 21 swing; Oct. 19 salsa; Nov. 16 tango; Jan. 18 4-count hustle; Feb. 15 waltz; March 21 cha-cha; April 18 foxtrot; and May 16 rumba. chicagotribune.com, "Calendar: Get a glimpse into the world of storm chasing Thursday in Antioch," 15 Sep. 2019 Participants learn the basics of partner dancing, including the waltz, night club two step, cha-cha, West Coast swing and hustle. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Senior center recognizes residents older than 90," 16 Sep. 2019 Kim made sure that the work’s brittle 20th century aspects were in play and that the waltz-like episodes of the second movement could dance gracefully. Richard S. Ginell, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Eun Sun Kim perseveres in the L.A. Phil’s summer finale at the Hollywood Bowl," 11 Sep. 2019 The Tigers can drop one game in their next 10—likely at Alabama on Nov. 9—then waltz into the Playoff as long as the SEC East champ has two-plus losses. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "Bowl Projections: Win Over Texas Opens LSU's Path to the Playoff," 10 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The turnover shifted the momentum and eight plays later the 5-foot-9-inch Cusolito waltzed his way across the goal line from 8 yards out. BostonGlobe.com, "MELROSE — Senior Chris Cusolito tallied four touchdowns — three on the ground — while also rushing for 201 yards on 13 carries as the top-seeded Red Raiders (10-0) secured the program’s second sectional Division 4 North title in three years with a 42-7 victory over Revere on Friday night.," 16 Nov. 2019 Ganja White Night, The One Belgian dubstep act Ganja White Night, the duo of Benjamin Bayeul and Charlie Dodson, waltzes onto Dance/Electronic Album Sales at No. 11 with The One. Gordon Murray, Billboard, "Billboard Dance Chart Upstarts: Sofi Tukker, Madeon & Ganja White Night," 31 Oct. 2019 Loosening the lead, Skrant let Finnegan pounce, pick up the dove and proudly waltz back with his prize. D'arcy Egan, cleveland, "Finnegan, an eager Brittany pup, displays his heritage in dove hunting field — D’Arcy Egan," 21 Sep. 2019 Goodwin has time to check his email before waltzing in for the score. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "49ers’ first punch was a surprise knockout punch," 15 Sep. 2019 The winning series lasted 11 plays, 75 yards and 1:52, capped by Ruisch rolling to his right and throwing across his body to DePaola, who was running a crossing pattern to the left and waltzed into the end zone. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, "Johns Hopkins football pays tribute to late coach Jim Margraff after last-second loss to Susquehanna," 14 Sep. 2019 Hammond extended the Falcons’ third drive with a third-and-10 out route to receiver Benjamin Waters for 11 yards, then later waltzed into the end zone from 2 yards out for a 13-10 lead. Matt Schubert, The Denver Post, "Air Force takes CU Buffs by surprise with deadly passing game: “Nobody in this nation can stop us.”," 14 Sep. 2019 The crackling fire, the snow flurries waltzing behind the window, the warm eggnog, and the holiday tunes floating in from the radio. Diana Bruk, Country Living, "The 'A Christmas Story' House Is Available for Rent This Holiday Season," 27 Aug. 2019 The midfielder is supremely talented and waltzes around the field like ex-Barça man Thiago does at Bayern Munich. SI.com, "Barcelona: 6 Blaugrana Youngsters Who Deserve a Shot at the First Team in 2019/20," 28 July 2019

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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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8 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Waltz.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waltz?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=w&file=waltz001. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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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