from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A solo dance performed by a woman and characterized by sinuous hip and abdominal movements.
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- n. A traditional form of dance from the Middle East, characterized by movements of the abdominal muscles.
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- n. a Middle Eastern dance in which the dancer makes sensuous movements of the hips and abdomen
- v. perform a belly dance
A loan translation of French danse du ventre. First attested in English in the 1890s. (Wiktionary)