war dance
noun Date: 1711 a dance performed (as by American Indians) in preparation for battle or in celebration of victory

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  • War dance — War War, n. [OE. & AS. werre; akin to OHG. werra scandal, quarrel, sedition, werran to confound, mix, D. warren, G. wirren, verwirren, to embroil, confound, disturb, and perhaps to E. worse; cf. OF. werre war, F. querre, of Teutonic origin. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • war dance — n a dance performed by tribes in preparation for battle or to celebrate a victory …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • war dance — war ,dance noun count a dance that members of some TRIBES traditionally performed before or after a battle …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • war dance — war′ dance n. ant (formerly among American Indians) a dance prior to going into battle or in celebration of a victory • Etymology: 1705–15, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • war dance — ► NOUN ▪ a ceremonial dance performed before a battle or to celebrate victory …   English terms dictionary

  • war dance — ☆ war dance n. a ceremonial dance performed as by some American Indian peoples before battle or after victory …   English World dictionary

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  • war dance — noun a ceremonial dance performed before a battle or after a victory • Hypernyms: ↑ritual dancing, ↑ritual dance, ↑ceremonial dance * * * noun 1. : a dance usually representing war in pantomime that is performed by primitive peoples as… …   Useful english dictionary

  • War Dance — Infobox Album | Name = War Dance Type = Album Artist = Colosseum II Released = 1977 Recorded = Genre = Jazz fusion Length = 42:13 Label = One Way Producer = Monty Babson, Jon Hiseman and Martin Levan Reviews = Last album = Electric Savage (1977)… …   Wikipedia

  • war dance — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms war dance : singular war dance plural war dances a dance that members of some tribes traditionally performed before or after a battle …   English dictionary

  • War dance — A war dance is a dance involving mock combat, usually in reference to tribal warrior societies where such dances were performed as a ritual connected with endemic warfare. It has also gained recognition in the last twenty years in the metal… …   Wikipedia

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