American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A lively dance originating in Bohemia and performed by couples.
- n. Music for this dance, having duple meter.
- v. To dance the polka.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A lively round dance which originated in Bohemia about 1830, and was soon after introduced into Austria, France, and England, where it immediately attained a remarkable popularity.
- n. Music for such a dance or in its rhythm, which is duple, and marked by a capricious accent on the second beat, frequently followed by a rest.
- n. A lively dance originating in Bohemia.
- n. The music for this dance.
- v. intransitive To dance the polka.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A dance of Polish origin, but now common everywhere. It is performed by two persons in common time.
- n. (Mus.) A lively Bohemian or Polish dance tune in 2-4 measure, with the third quaver accented.
- v. dance a polka
- n. music performed for dancing the polka
- n. a Bohemian dance with 3 steps and a hop in fast time
- Czech polka, variant of půlka ("half") as in "half-step". (Wiktionary)
- Czech, probably from Polish, from Polka, Polish woman, feminine of Polak, Pole; see pelə-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“My car is covered in polka dots and daisies and elicits the funniest looks from people.”
“(“While the polka is passé, the polka-dot is here to stay …”) Alice Faye and Carmen Miranda were at an apex and for better and worse many of the images here are the ones North America will most remember Miranda for, including “The Lady in the Tutti Frutti Hat” and “Brazil”.”
“Now, that's what I call a polka!" said the girl, and began to swing round.”
“Jim Kucera, a former Sladky musician now serving as band director for Waverly Middle School, said Mathias "taught me to enjoy and take pride in Czech polka music, or it just would not be worth it.”
“The tree bore for me a 'polka'-jacket to wear in the house - grey tweed, trimmed with blue, and lined with blue quilted silk - quite charming.”
“i dont know what im gonna wear im gonna buy tickets for phil for his 21st to see either lagwagon or unwritten law and mxpx - i'll let him decide i dont mind going to either ... why are they called polka dots??? hmmm .... i've seen it all befores - i've known it all along”
“This one is called the polka dot sandwich with peanut butter, low fat cream cheese and raisins.”
“Go for cheerful prints — such as polka dots, florals, paisleys or leopard patterns — in shiny silk, thin silk chiffon or cotton gauze.”
“Savvy marketers capitalized on the fad by adding the word "polka" to merchandise that had nothing to do with the dance.”
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which I wanted to have along with my own lists on Wordnik
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list of music genres - anything. even the most obscure sub-genres of sub-genres
Names of popular or once dances.
Words that, for various reasons, I wish we could do without.
My P Words
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