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[pol-uh-neyz, poh-luh-] /ˌpɒl əˈneɪz, ˌpoʊ lə-/
a slow dance of Polish origin, in triple meter, consisting chiefly of a march or promenade in couples.
a piece of music for, or in the rhythm of, such a dance.
Also, polonese
[pol-uh-neez, -nees, poh-luh-] /ˌpɒl əˈniz, -ˈnis, ˌpoʊ lə-/ (Show IPA)
. a coatlike outer dress, combining bodice and cutaway overskirt, worn in the late 18th century over a separate skirt.
Origin of polonaise
1765-75; < French, feminine of polonais Polish, equivalent to Polon- (< Medieval Latin Polonia Poland) + -ais -ese Unabridged
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Examples from the web for polonaise
  • Cream sauce, mousseline sauce, or polonaise butter are the favored sauces.
  • The polonaise is the favorite garment for midsummer utility suits.
British Dictionary definitions for polonaise


a ceremonial marchlike dance in three-four time from Poland
a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
a woman's costume with a tight bodice and an overskirt drawn back to show a decorative underskirt
Word Origin
C18: from French danse polonaise Polish dance
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Word Origin and History for polonaise

1773, "woman's overdress" (from fancied resemblance to Polish costume); 1797, "stately dance," from French (danse) polonaise "a Polish (dance)," fem. of polonais (adj.) "Polish," from Pologne "Poland," from Medieval Latin Polonia "Poland" (see Poland). In the culinary sense, applied to dishes supposed to be cooked in Polish style, attested from 1889.

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