morris-dance

morris dance

[mawr-is, mor-]
noun
a rural folk dance of north English origin, performed in costume traditionally by men who originally represented characters of the Robin Hood legend, especially in May Day festivities.
Also called morris.


Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English moreys daunce Moorish dance; see Moorish

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morris dance (ˈmɒrɪs)
 
n
Often shortened to: morris any of various old English folk dances usually performed by men (morris men) to the accompaniment of violin, concertina, etc. The dancers are adorned with bells and often represent characters from folk tales
 
[C15 moreys daunce Moorish dance. See Moor]
 
morris dancing
 
n

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morris dance
1458, moreys daunce "Moorish dance," from Flem. mooriske dans, from O.Fr. morois "Moor." Unknown why the Eng. dance was called this, unless in ref. to fantastic dancing or costumes (cf. It. Moresco, a related dance, lit. "Moorish," Ger. moriskentanz, Fr. moresque).
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