Disco is music with a heavy bass beat that’s fun to dance to. The heyday of disco was 1970s America, where people wore satin bell-bottoms and big Afros and went to nightclubs and did some serious disco dancing!

When you go to a disco, you can recreate some of the dance moves of the 1970s. If you need inspiration, check out the movie Saturday Night Fever and shake your hips under a giant disco ball. Disco is an American English invention from the 1960s, a shortened form of discotheque, a French word that means both "club for dancing" and also "record library." A DJ spins records, or discs, at the disco.

Definitions of disco

n a public dance hall for dancing to recorded popular music

Type of:
ballroom, dance hall, dance palace
large room used mainly for dancing

n popular dance music (especially in the late 1970s); melodic with a regular bass beat; intended mainly for dancing at discotheques

disco music
Type of:
popular music, popular music genre
any genre of music having wide appeal (but usually only for a short time)

v dance to disco music

Type of:
dance, trip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toe
move in a pattern; usually to musical accompaniment; do or perform a dance

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