war dance

noun

Definition of war dance

: 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 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 One of the students took off his shirt and the teens started to do a haka — a war dance of New Zealand’s indigenous Maori culture, made famous by the country’s national rugby team. Jeffrey Collins, The Seattle Times, 22 Jan. 2019 Its blue metal body lurches forward, only to be yanked backward again and again—a slapstick war dance for an unwinnable war. Andrea K. Scott, The New Yorker, 21 Apr. 2018 Banging on huge drums, for example, is the focus in Tonga, while Maori war dances take canter stage in New Zealand. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of war dance

1711, in the meaning defined above

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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 4 Dec. 2021.

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war dance

noun

English Language Learners Definition of war dance

: a dance performed in the past by Native Americans before a battle or to celebrate victory in battle

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