waltz

A dance in which two dancers move in triple time as they turn together in circles is called a waltz, and it's also the name of music that's written for that sort of dance. If you aspire to be a competitive ballroom dancer, you'll need to master the waltz.

Waltz is also a verb, so couples may waltz around the ballroom while the band plays a waltz. When you waltz, you face your dance partner with one hand on their waist or shoulder and the other clasping their hand. The two of you move in a gliding spin. It its earliest days, the waltz was considered a bit shocking—previous dances were "open," with couples side by side, rather than "closed," with dancers facing each other.

Definitions of waltz
  1. noun
    music composed in triple time for waltzing
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    type of:
    dance music
    music to dance to
  2. noun
    a ballroom dance in triple time with a strong accent on the first beat
    synonyms: valse
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    type of:
    ballroom dance, ballroom dancing
    any of a variety of social dances performed by couples in a ballroom
  3. noun
    an assured victory (especially in an election)
    synonyms: walk-in
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    type of:
    triumph, victory
    a successful ending of a struggle or contest
  4. verb
    dance a waltz
    synonyms: waltz around
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    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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