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sword dance

any of various dances, usually performed by men, in which swords are ceremonially flourished or are laid on the ground and danced around.
Origin of sword dance
Related forms
sword dancer, noun Unabridged
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  • One of those mounted on horseback inquired of a young man who led the sword-dance, whether any of his comrades were hurt.

    Wit and Wisdom of Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  • Do you think any one can dance the sword-dance without the pipes?

    Macleod of Dare William Black
  • Then the Laird danced a sword-dance over two T squares and broke them both.

    Trilby George Du Maurier
  • It is said that when Cruikshank was eighty-three, he executed a sword-dance before an old officer who had mentally buried him.

    George Cruikshank W. H. Chesson
  • But my young friend appeared to me to value only prodigal and fantastic vigour, and to prefer the sword-dance to the minuet.

    The Silent Isle Arthur Christopher Benson
  • To one spectator it was more interesting than the sword-dance, more exciting than a steeple-chase.

  • Madame Pfeiffer, while among the Dyaks, witnessed a sword-dance, which was executed in the most skilful and elegant manner.

    The Human Race Louis Figuier
  • Round and round that holocaust the thousands did their sword-dance, yelling as the devils yelled at Khinjan's birth.

  • Bells too, so characteristic of the morris, are mentioned in some Continental accounts of the sword-dance.

  • A few years since, a party of Papa-men came to dance the sword-dance at Lerwick as a public exhibition with great applause.

British Dictionary definitions for sword-dance

sword dance

a dance in which the performers dance nimbly over swords on the ground or brandish them in the air
Derived Forms
sword dancer, noun
sword dancing, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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