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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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Historical Examples
  • Fern Mullins and Cy had, the evening before, driven alone to a barn-dance in the country.

    Main Street Sinclair Lewis
  • "And women pet them; they'd prefer a fool who can pot rabbits and do a barn-dance to Homer himself," growled Yate.

    Love's Usuries Louis Creswicke
  • Like Annixter's barn-dance, it was to be an event in which all the country-side should take part.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • It was the day that Annixter had chosen for his barn-dance and, in consequence, Quien Sabe was in fete and work suspended.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
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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