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disco

[dis-koh] /ˈdɪs koʊ/
noun, plural discos.
2.
a style of popular music for dancing, usually recorded and with complex electronic instrumentation, in which simple, repetitive lyrics are subordinated to a heavy, pulsating, rhythmic beat.
3.
any of various forms of dance, often improvisational, performed to such music.
adjective
4.
of or relating to a disco or disco music.
5.
intended for a disco or its patrons.
verb (used without object), discoed, discoing.
6.
to dance disco, especially at a discotheque.
Origin of disco
1960-1965
1960-65, Americanism; by shortening

disco-

1.
a combining form representing disk or disc in compound words:
discifloral.
2.
a combining form meaning “phonograph record”, used in the formation of compound words:
discography.
Also, disci-; especially before a vowel, disc-.
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  • Directly after leaving disco they fell in with the ice, and had fought their way the whole distance to their present position.

  • disco, speechless with amazement, rose up and sprang to the helm.

    Black Ivory R.M. Ballantyne
  • disco also fired and wounded another, which bounded away in wild alarm with its fellows.

    Black Ivory R.M. Ballantyne
  • Harold lay down and gasped, disco followed his example, and sighed.

    Black Ivory R.M. Ballantyne
  • disco advanced to the edge, gazed intently into the water, and saw nothing except his own reflected image at the bottom.

    Black Ivory R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for disco

disco

/ˈdɪskəʊ/
noun (pl) -cos
1.
  1. an occasion at which typically young people dance to amplified pop records, usually compered by a disc jockey and featuring special lighting effects
  2. (as modifier): disco dancing
2.
a nightclub or other public place where such dances take place
3.
mobile equipment, usually accompanied by a disc jockey who operates it, for providing music for a disco
4.
  1. a type of dance music designed to be played in discos, with a solid thump on each beat
  2. (as modifier): a disco record
Word Origin
C20: shortened from discotheque
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Word Origin and History for disco
n.

1964, American English shortening of discotheque; sense extended by 1972 to the kind of music played there.

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disco in Medicine

disco- or disc- or disci-
pref.
Disk: discoid.

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Slang definitions & phrases for disco

disco

modifier

: show up for a disco party and fashion show

noun

  1. A discotheque, a kind of nightclub where patrons dance to recorded music, sometimes with synchronized psychedelic and strobe lighting: There's not much jazzing around at the disco (1964+)
  2. (also disco music) A musical style based on black soul music and marked by a strong rhythmic bass guitar (1970s+)

verb

: We discoed the night away

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Related Abbreviations for disco

disco

discotheque
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