mazurka

mazurka

[muh-zur-kuh, -zoor-]
noun
1.
a lively Polish dance in moderately quick triple meter.
2.
music for, or in the rhythm of, this dance.
Also, mazourka.


Origin:
1810–20; < Polish, equivalent to Mazur Mazovia (district in northern Poland) + -ka noun suffix

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mazurka or mazourka (məˈzɜːkə)
 
n
1.  a Polish national dance in triple time
2.  a piece of music composed for this dance
 
[C19: from Polish: (dance) of Mazur (Mazovia) province in Poland]
 
mazourka or mazourka
 
n
 
[C19: from Polish: (dance) of Mazur (Mazovia) province in Poland]

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mazurka
1818, from Rus. mazurka, from Pol. mazurek "dance of the Mazur," a ref. to inhabitants of Mazowsze (M.L. 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.
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