Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A dance of persons in costume, especially of persons wearing hoods and dresses tagged with bells; also, any mumming performance in which dancing played a conspicuous part. Thus, the morris-dancers of May-day commonly represented the personages of the Robin Hood legend; the hobby-horse was a prominent character in morris-dancing of every description.
- n. A kind of country-dance still popular in the north of England. The music for all these dances was, so far as is known, in duple time.
- n. Also called Morisco, Moor-dance, and formerly Moresque dance.
- n. A traditional English folk dance performed by a team of costumed dancers, often men but also men and women together or women only, who often wield sticks or handkerchiefs.
- v. To perform in such a dance
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. See Morris.
- n. any of various English folk dances performed by dancers in costume
- Thought to be from Moorish + dance. The German Moriskentanz is cognate. (Wiktionary)
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