Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A building or part of a building with facilities for dancing.
  • n. See ragga.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a public hall for dancing
  • n. a type of Jamaican entertainment (see Wikipedia)
  • n. a reggae dance style; ragga

Etymologies

dance +‎ hall (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The hits and trends in dancehall reggae churn so rapidly that it's easy to miss them if you aren't involved in the scene.

    Going Out Guide: Nightlife agenda

  • It is such a gem and he manages to have the audience mutter in support as Antoinette declares that she could use one of those evenings of dance in the reggae dancehall, when the dancehall is a holy place.

    Calabash, The Third Day : Kwame Dawes : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation

  • Kartel favors the beat-driven fusion of reggae and rap known as dancehall that has stoked controversy across the Caribbean.

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  • Zeebo and Roots skipped and hopped in a rub-a-dub dancehall style while bassist Ashish Vyas bounced and shimmied across the stage.

    PopMatters

  • I mean, they're kind of - they're kind of dancehall, kind of coarse kind of lyrics.

    Good Gourds on 'Heavy Ornamentals'

  • Live Loving, in the late '70s heralded the coming of the "dancehall" style that soon eclipsed roots reggae.

    ! Exclaim.ca - News

  • Models in fiery red wigs wore adventurous layered outfits from which inspiration was drawn from her dual Jamaican/British heritage and musical styles such as dancehall, jazz and flamenco.

    Londonist

  • In successfully arguing Cunningham's case for asylum, Weinberg also said Jamaica's sodomy laws banning sex between men and "dancehall" music - whose lyrics often advocate violence against gays - made life for Cunningham unbearable.

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  • Listen to the song Street Crie ( "Balancee Ohh") and you will realize this probably was the first "dancehall" style lyrics recorded.

    Jamaica - Full Feed

  • The dancehall is the place where the shotta, who has no education, no middle-class connections, no colour credentials, no good looks and no uptown address, can come and feel honoured and celebrated for the sheer power of his gun and his savagery, "Boyne wrote many years ago.

    Jamaica Gleaner Online

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