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or mazourka

[muh-zur-kuh, -zoo r-] /məˈzɜr kə, -ˈzʊər-/
a lively Polish dance in moderately quick triple meter.
music for, or in the rhythm of, this dance.
Origin of mazurka
1810-20; < Polish, equivalent to Mazur Mazovia (district in northern Poland) + -ka noun suffix Unabridged
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  • He was playing a mazurka from Kontsky—wild, eager, thrilling,—a mad mazurka.

    Comrade Kropotkin Victor Robinson
  • And now the mazurka came to an end and we separated—until we should meet again.

    A Hero of Our Time M. Y. Lermontov
  • But the Lapland sisters were the true prodigy, who danced the mazurka in the national style.

    The Young Duke Benjamin Disraeli
  • "I shall sleep badly to-night," she said to me when the mazurka was over.

    A Hero of Our Time M. Y. Lermontov
  • Perhaps it was a patriotic rather than an æsthetic feeling which led him thus to favor the mazurka.

  • They came from Peru, and danced the mazurka in green jackets with a jabot.

    The Young Duke Benjamin Disraeli
  • The trio (poco piu mosso), the more original portion of the mazurka, reappears in a slightly altered form in later mazurkas.

  • She played also a mazurka by Schulhoff, and one or two other pieces.

    Three Months Abroad Anna Vivanti
  • Helene, not having a suitable partner, herself offered to dance the mazurka with Boris.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • The theme was in somewhat the nature of a mazurka, sweet and graceful.

    A Russian Proprietor Lyof N. Tolstoi
British Dictionary definitions for mazurka


a Polish national dance in triple time
a piece of music composed for this dance
Word Origin
C19: from Polish: (dance) of Mazur (Mazovia) province in Poland
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Word Origin and History for mazurka

lively dance, also mazourka, 1818, from Russian mazurka, from Polish mazurek "dance of the Mazur," a reference to inhabitants of Mazowsze (Medieval Latin Mazovia), ancient region in central Poland. The Polish accusative in tanczyc mazurka "to dance the mazurek" was interpreted in Russian as a feminine affix, hence the -ka ending.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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