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fox trot

a social dance, in quadruple meter, performed by couples, characterized by various combinations of slow and quick steps.
a pace, as of a horse, consisting of a series of short steps, as in slackening from a trot to a walk.
1870-75, Americanism


[foks-trot] /ˈfɒksˌtrɒt/
verb (used without object), fox-trotted, fox-trotting.
to dance a fox trot.
1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Word Origin and History for fox-trot

fox trot


also fox-trot, foxtrot, "pace with short steps," such as a fox's, 1872, from fox (n.) + trot (n.). As a type of popular dance, from 1915.

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Encyclopedia Article for fox-trot

ballroom dance popular in Europe and America since its introduction around 1914. Allegedly named for the comedian Harry Fox, whose 1913 Ziegfeld Follies act included a trotting step, the fox-trot developed less strenuous walking steps for its ballroom version. The music, influenced by ragtime, is in 44 time with syncopated rhythm. The speed of the step varies with the music: half notes (minims) require slow steps; and quarter notes (crotchets), fast steps.

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