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[dan-ser, dahn-] /ˈdæn sər, ˈdɑn-/
a person who dances.
a person who dances professionally, as on the stage.
1250-1300; Middle English dauncer; see dance, -er1
Related forms
nondancer, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for dancers
  • They had so many imitators, the name became synonymous with exotic dancers generally.
  • Entertainment also comes from callers challenging the dancers on the floor.
  • She sends her minions, the snow dancers, to search for the missing shard.
  • Gogo dancers are dancers who are employed to entertain at a discotheque.
  • Many pow wow dancers use the eagle claw as part of their regalia as well.
  • For example, dancers often dance at more extreme tempos and perform more technical feats.
  • Caroling also became popular, and was originally a group of dancers who sang.
  • Both hands two dancers face each other and give hands right to left and left to right.
  • Straight hey for four dancers face alternately, the two in the middle facing out.
  • Three hands across or three hands star two dancers join right or left hands.
Word Origin and History for dancers



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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Slang definitions & phrases for dancers



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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