Definitions

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

  • n. A discotheque.
  • n. Popular dance music, especially of the late 1970s, characterized by strong repetitive bass rhythms.
  • n. A style of dancing usually done to disco music.
  • intransitive v. To dance to disco music.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A short form of discotheque, a place for dancing.
  • n. A type of music popular in discotheques.
  • v. To dance disco-style dances.
  • v. To go to discotheques.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a public dance hall for dancing to recorded popular music
  • n. popular dance music (especially in the late 1970s); melodic with a regular bass beat; intended mainly for dancing at discotheques
  • v. dance to disco music

Etymologies

Short for discotheque.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From a shortening of discotheque, from French discothèque. (Wiktionary)

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  • In Latin, the word "disco" means "I learn."

    May 7, 2008