war dance

war dance
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wawr dans, dahns]
    • /wɔr dæns, dɑns/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wawr dans, dahns]
    • /wɔr dæns, dɑns/

Definitions of war dance words

  • noun war dance a dance preliminary to going into battle or in celebration of a victory, as formerly among American Indians. 1
  • noun war dance a ceremonial dance performed before going to battle or after victory, esp by certain North American Indian peoples 0
  • noun war dance a dance representing warlike action 0
  • noun war dance a ceremonial dance performed as by some American Indian peoples before battle or after victory 0
  • noun war dance (anthropology) A ceremonial dance performed before a major battle or after a victory, usually by a tribe. 0

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Origin of war dance

First appearance:

before 1705
One of the 50% oldest English words
An Americanism dating back to 1705-15

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Parts of speech for War dance


war dance popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 39% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 62% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

war dance usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for war dance

noun war dance

  • banzai — a patriotic cheer, battle cry, or salutation

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