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[dan-ser, dahn-] /ˈdæn sər, ˈdɑn-/
a person who dances.
a person who dances professionally, as on the stage.
Origin of dancer
1250-1300; Middle English dauncer; see dance, -er1
Related forms
nondancer, noun


[dan-ser, dahn-] /ˈdæn sər, ˈdɑn-/
Stanley, 1927–2005, U.S. harness racer and trainer. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • When they talked they discussed the Spanish dancer who paraded back and forth across the tea-lawn.

    The Carpet from Bagdad Harold MacGrath
  • No other dancer in the room could be thought comparable to him.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • The dancer stopped, as if ashamed, and raised the terrible whip, well known to thieves and soldiers.

    An Eagle Flight Jos Rizal
  • Yes, indeed, even I—just as you see me, a dancer at the Opera.

  • The fact that the Spaniard had been a dancer gave an irrefutable reality to the tale; Michael so worshipped every form of dancing.

    The Lamp of Fate Margaret Pedler
Word Origin and History for dancer

mid-15c., agent noun from dance. (Dancere as a surname is attested from early 12c.). Related: Danseuse "female dancer," from French fem. of danseur.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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A boxer who spends most of his time and energy nimbly evading the opponent (1940s+ Prizefight)

Related Terms

gandy dancer, go-go girl

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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