follow Dictionary.com

Love words? Sign up for our Word of the Day!

sardana

[sahr-dah-nuh; Spanish sahr-th ah-nah] /sɑrˈdɑ nə; Spanish sɑrˈðɑ nɑ/
noun, plural sardanas
[sahr-dah-nuh z; Spanish sahr-th ah-nahs] /sɑrˈdɑ nəz; Spanish sɑrˈðɑ nɑs/ (Show IPA)
1.
a dance of the region of Catalonia, Spain, in which the dancers form a moving circle.
2.
the music for this dance.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25; < Spanish < Catalan
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Article for sardana

communal dance intimately bound up with Catalan national consciousness. It is danced by men and women who join hands alternately in a closed circle. As they dance to the music of tenores and tabales (shawms and small drums), their faces remain solemn and dignified. The basic pattern of the sardana is a series of long (llarg) and short (curt) steps; the precise combination is determined by the leader, who signals the steps with a hand squeeze that is passed around the circle. The music is first slow, then rapid. The sardana developed in the 19th century from the contrapas, a similar dance with a broken circle

Learn more about sardana with a free trial on Britannica.com
Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for sardana

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for sardana

8
0
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for sardana