synonyms, antonyms, definitions, examples & translations of dance in English

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  • IPA(key): /dɑːns/
    • (Received Pronunciation, Cockney, Estuary, Jamaica) IPA(key): [dɑːns]
  • (General American) IPA(key): /dæn(t)s/
    • (æ-tensing) IPA(key): [dɛən(t)s], [deən(t)s]
    • (Northern England, Ireland) IPA(key): [dæns], [dans], [däns]
    • (General Australian) IPA(key): [dæːns]
    • (Cultivated Australian, New Zealand) IPA(key): [däːns], [dɐːns]
    • (India) IPA(key): [ɖɑːns]
  • Rhymes: -ɑːns, -æns

From Middle English dauncen, from Anglo-Norman dauncer, from Vulgar Latin *dantiāre, of uncertain origin. Displaced the Old English sealtian.

  • daunce (obsolete)

dance (countable and uncountable, plural dances)

  1. A sequence of rhythmic steps or movements usually performed to music, for pleasure or as a form of social interaction.
    I do a dance when she plays the drums!
  2. A social gathering where dancing is the main activity.
  3. (uncountable) The art, profession, and study of dancing.
  4. (uncountable) A genre of modern music characterised by sampled beats, repetitive rhythms and few lyrics.
  5. A piece of music with a particular dance rhythm.
  6. (figurative) A battle of wits, especially one commonly fought between two rivals.
    So how much longer are we gonna do this dance?
  7. (figurative, dated) Any strenuous or difficult movement, action, or task.
  8. (apiology) A repetitive movement used in communication between worker honey bees.
  • See also Thesaurus:dance

dance (third-person singular simple present dances, present participle dancing, simple past and past participle danced)

  1. (intransitive) To move with rhythmic steps or movements, especially in time to music.
  2. (intransitive) To leap or move lightly and rapidly.
  3. (transitive) To perform the steps to.
  4. (transitive) To cause to dance, or move nimbly or merrily about.
  5. (figurative, euphemistic) To make love or have sex.
  6. (apiology, of a worker honey bee) To make a repetitive movement in order to communicate to other worker honey bees.
  7. (figurative, euphemistic) To kick and convulse from the effects of being hanged.
  • (move with rhythmic steps or movements): throw shapes
  • (to engage in sexual intercourse): do the deed, get some, have sex; see also Thesaurus:copulate
  • Arabic: دانس (dāns)
  • Scottish Gaelic: danns
  • Zulu: dansa
  • Appendix:Dances

Related to dancy, dancetté, French danché.

dance (plural dances)

  1. (heraldry) A normally horizontal stripe called a fess that has been modified to zig-zag across the center of a coat of arms from dexter to sinister.
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  • Caden, Decan, acned, caned, decan

Borrowed from English dance. Doublet of danse.

  • IPA(key): /dɛns/

dance f (uncountable)

  1. dance music


  1. inflection of danzar:
    1. first/third-person singular present subjunctive
    2. third-person singular imperative

From Old French dance.

dance f (plural dances)

  1. dance
  • French: danse

Deverbal from dancier.

dance oblique singularf (oblique plural dances, nominative singular dance, nominative plural dances)

  1. dance


  1. inflection of dançar:
    1. first/third-person singular present subjunctive
    2. third-person singular imperative
  • “dance” in Dicionário Priberam da Língua Portuguesa.
  • “dance” in Dicionário infopédia da Língua Portuguesa. Porto: Porto Editora, 2003–2024.
  • IPA(key): (Spain) /ˈdanθe/ [ˈd̪ãn̟.θe]
  • IPA(key): (Latin America) /ˈdanse/ [ˈd̪ã]
  • Rhymes: -anθe
  • Rhymes: -anse
  • Syllabification: dan‧ce


  1. inflection of danzar:
    1. first/third-person singular present subjunctive
    2. third-person singular imperative

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