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 The score, by his friend Gerald Fried, intersperses snippets of Johann Strauss’s bright but tense Künstlerleben waltz with frightful silences and the hiss and thump of snare and bass drums. Andrew Delbanco, The New York Review of Books, "Kubrick’s Human Comedy," 27 Apr. 2021 When Drummond got close to the basket, Utah’s Joe Ingles slowed down and watched Drummond waltz in for a powerful one-handed dunk. Broderick Turner Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Andre Drummond keeps the beat going for Lakers," 18 Apr. 2021 In Santa Cruz, the Dons outscored the Broncos 50-29 in the second half to win in a waltz. Staff And News Services, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area college basketball," 21 Jan. 2021 Many women waltz into wedding shopping with expectations of how the process will unfold. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "When & How to Shop for a Wedding Dress—This Year and Next," 14 Dec. 2020 The One Day at a Time actress was rewarded with the last dance — a perfect Viennese waltz to entertain those viewers who respect and appreciate her voluptuous curves. Lynette Rice, EW.com, "Dancing With the Stars recap: For crying out loud, this show makes us sad!," 20 Oct. 2020 The soundtrack—including original music by Michael Galasso, the waltz by Shigeru Umebayashi, and Nat King Cole singing Latin standards—also casts a spell. Kristin M. Jones, WSJ, "Depths of Unspoken Emotion," 25 Sep. 2020 The instructor would call for a waltz, snapping her fingers in three-quarter time. Christopher Benfey, The New York Review of Books, "Missed Steps," 26 Aug. 2020 Atop all that, throw in technologies like electronically adjustable suspensions, intricate turbo plumbing, and the computerized waltz of a gas-electric hybrid drivetrain. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "Looking to Buy or Lease? A Word of Advice," 3 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Then Mantha stood by the net and watched as Mattias Janmark tapped in a pass from Patrick Kane, who’d been left alone by Vladislav Namestnikov to waltz up the left flank with the puck. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings need more from regulars or things will start looking like last year," 24 Jan. 2021 Next year is the first year of eligibility for David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez, and my belief is that the beloved Papi will waltz into the Hall while all the others remain barred. BostonGlobe.com, "Three controversial stars approach the Hall of Fame threshold. Is 2021 their year?," 12 Jan. 2020 If Deommodore Lenoir didn’t slip, Amon-Ra St. Brown doesn’t waltz his way to a 47-yard touchdown. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "10 takeaways from Oregon’s win over USC in Pac-12 championship game," 20 Dec. 2020 The three of them danced and took turns waltzing with Rose, holding her up and wiggling her legs, but never throwing her in the air, not like this, not so high, not outside. Hilary Leichter, Harper's Magazine, "Terrace Story," 25 May 2020 Memorial’s hopes for a 2-0 start to the district campaign went out the window after converting just 28 percent of their shots, enabling Kingwood to waltz to an easy 59-38 victory. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Kingwood rolls by cold-shooting Memorial 59-38," 17 Dec. 2019 The front door to the Lakewood restaurant is propped open, a small table shoved against the entrance to block anyone from waltzing inside. Nick Rallo, Dallas News, "‘We can make it make sense’: Historic Dallas restaurant family plans to open dining rooms at 50 percent capacity," 20 May 2020 Hear these and other French gems along with spellbinding Mazurakas and waltzes by piano royalty, Chopin. SFChronicle.com, "Hélène Grimaud in Recital at the San Francisco Symphony," 28 Feb. 2020 Moments after the Banana confidently waltzes onto the stage, the crew starts rolling out performance props and the clue package begins to play on a giant monitor. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Going to a 'Masked Singer' Taping Is Like Visiting a Top-Secret CIA Compound," 6 Feb. 2020

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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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4 May 2021

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“Waltz.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waltz. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for waltz

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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