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barn dance

a social gathering, originally held in a barn, and including square dances, round dances, and hoedown music.
any party featuring country dances, dress, music, etc.
Origin of barn dance
1890-95, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • barn dance, prompted Elinor, who also had no liking for Edwards cousin.

  • Has your algebra bothered you, or is the barn dance troubling your conscience?

    Pocket Island Charles Clark Munn
  • This was the invitation to a barn dance, to take place that evening.

    Betty Lee, Senior Harriet Pyne Grove
  • His barn dance would be the talk of all Tulare County for years to come.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • Not without misgiving they recalled that Mrs. Lear had slipped away from the barn dance ahead of them.

    Hoofbeats on the Turnpike Mildred A. Wirt
  • We next had a kitchen lancers, and this year we have a barn dance.

    Wit and Wisdom of Lord Tredegar Godfrey Charles Morgan
  • The band was playing, slowly, as is the dancing-fashion of the North, that barn dance; and almost every girl was in white.

    Mushroom Town Oliver Onions
  • It is more dignified to sit still than to dance the barn dance.

    All Things Considered G. K. Chesterton
  • Penny and Louise were not sure that they cared to attend the barn dance.

    Hoofbeats on the Turnpike Mildred A. Wirt
  • Penny explained that she and Louise had attended the barn dance and were on their way to the Lear cabin.

    Hoofbeats on the Turnpike Mildred A. Wirt
British Dictionary definitions for barn dance

barn dance

(Brit) a progressive round country dance
(US & Canadian) a party with hoedown music and square-dancing
a party featuring country dancing
a disco or party held in a barn
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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