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 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

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 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 After a pre-ball dance lesson, Bangers & Mash waltzes, polkas, mixers, quadrilles, country & contra dances, and other popular 19th-century couple and set dances. Lisa Herendeen, The Mercury News, "S.F. Bay Area calendar: Greek festival, comedy and more," 25 Aug. 2019 The title track, a waltz with a stellar bridge Swift wrote solo, notably pairs themes of loving bliss with ownership. Nora Princiotti, BostonGlobe.com, "On ‘Lover,’ Taylor Swift shuns drama for satisfying pop," 23 Aug. 2019 Grace is also a mezzo-soprano singer, can dance a ton of styles including flamenco and waltz and has an ear for accents, including Spanish, Irish and American ones. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About "13 Reasons Why"'s Newest Character Ani Achola," 27 Aug. 2019 This month’s focus will be on country western styles such as two step, polka, country waltz and line dancing. Houston Chronicle, "Family Fun: Houston Truck & Jeep Battle Grounds, Doomsday Wrestling," 22 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Just wait for the Met Gala on May 6 to see which ones waltz up the grand staircase. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "“Fashion For Bank Robbers” Is an Insta-Obsession for the Anti-Selfie Set," 17 Apr. 2019 In the quarterly earnings dance, Apple waltzed, Advanced Micro Devices stumbled, and Spotify discoed on. Fortune, "How Sanctions Are Starting To Squeeze Huawei—Data Sheet," 31 July 2019

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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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27 Oct 2019

Time Traveler for waltz

The first known use of waltz was in 1781

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More Definitions for waltz

waltz

noun
How to pronounce waltz (audio)

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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