Belly-dance

belly dance

noun
an Oriental solo dance, performed by a woman with midriff exposed, emphasizing movements of the pelvis and abdominal muscles.
Also called danse du ventre.


Origin:
1895–1900

belly dancer, noun
belly dancing, noun
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belly dance
 
n
1.  a sensuous and provocative dance of Middle Eastern origin, performed by women, with undulating movements of the hips and abdomen
 
vb
2.  (intr) to perform such a dance
 
belly dancer
 
n

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belly dance
also bellydance, 1883 (n.), from belly + dance, in later uses translating French danse du ventre. As a verb, 20c.
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