war dance

noun

: a dance performed (as by American Indians) in preparation for battle or in celebration of victory

Examples of war dance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Football players from Euless Trinity High School performed a war dance Monday evening in front of Texas Star Golf Course in Euless. Kamal Morgan, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 24 Apr. 2024 Hakas are often mistakenly called traditional war dances. Greg McKenna, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Aug. 2023 Additionally, 40 students with Tongan heritage from Euless Trinity High School will attend the summit, some of whom will perform Sipi Tau, a Tongan war dance, as part of the event. Dallas News, 21 Apr. 2022 The men’s fancy war dance Shirley performs, meanwhile, is from the Ponca and Comanche tribes. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 10 Nov. 2021 The haka, a ceremonial war dance performed before events including New Zealand rugby matches, is intended as a challenge to opponents and a rallying cry before heading into battle. Rob Picheta, CNN, 12 May 2021 In Brisbane, organizers said about 30,000 people gathered, while a Maori group also did a traditional haka, or war dance. NBC News, 6 June 2020 The haka is a war dance traditionally used on the battlefield and to show a tribe’s pride, strength and unity. NBC News, 6 June 2020 This shocking development fuels Hate Trump, Inc.’s latest war dance. Deroy Murdock, National Review, 17 Apr. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1711, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of war dance was in 1711

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“War dance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/war%20dance. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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