Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An intricate Hungarian dance characterized by variations in tempo.
  • noun The music for this dance.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A Hungarian national dance.

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  • noun An intricate Hungarian folk dance characterized by variations in tempo
  • noun The music for such a dance

Etymologies

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

[Hungarian csárdás, from csárda, wayside tavern, from Serbo-Croatian čardāk, watchtower, from Turkish çardak, hut, trellis, from Persian chār ṭāq, from chahār ṭāq, four-cornered vault : chahār, four (from Old Iranian cathwārō; see kwetwer- in Indo-European roots) + ṭāq, vault (from Arabic, arch; see ṭwq in Semitic roots).]

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From Hungarian csárdás, adjectival form of csárda ("tavern"), from Turkish.

Examples

  • A few moments later an elegant strain of a mystical Romany czardas wove its way through the room.

    Brush of Darkness

  • A few moments later an elegant strain of a mystical Romany czardas wove its way through the room.

    Brush of Darkness

  • He speaks pretty good Hungarian and loves to sing Hungarian folk songs and dance the czardas.

    Enemies of the People

  • He speaks pretty good Hungarian and loves to sing Hungarian folk songs and dance the czardas.

    Enemies of the People

  • He speaks pretty good Hungarian and loves to sing Hungarian folk songs and dance the czardas.

    Enemies of the People

  • Romanian and Hungarian gypsies who fiddled the czardas and halgatos at our family festivities and camped in the empty store adjacent to my father's butcher shop, an uninterrupted flow of loud conversation in many tongues, rarely English, and kitchen odors of many Habsburg cuisines filling our crowded expanded-family-filled home, gave me an orthodox and optimistic view of America as a land of change and possibility which I never lost.

    D. Carleton Gajdusek - Autobiography

  • Parisiennes, with their attendant cavaliers, while the orchestra played the passionate notes of the Hungarian czardas, resembled some vision of a painter, some embarkation for the dreamed-of Cythera, realized by the fancy of an artist, a poet, or a great lord, here in nineteenth century

    The French Immortals Series — Complete

  • And Marsa also gazed after them, her ears caressed by the czardas of the musicians.

    The French Immortals Series — Complete

  • Alone in the world, the sole survivor of her massacred tribe, the Russians to her were the murderers of her people, the assassins of the free musicians with eagle profiles she used to follow as they played the czardas from village to village.

    The French Immortals Series — Complete

  • As the czardas quickened until its pace reached the speed of a whirlwind, de Savignac suddenly staggered to his feet -- his breath coming in short gasps.

    A Village of Vagabonds

Comments

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  • "Fans clap as a fat-cat jazzman and a bad-ass bassman blab gangsta rap — a gangland fad that attacks what Brahms and Franck call art: a Balkan czardas, a Tartar tandava (sarabands that can charm a saltant chap at a danza).

    Eunoia by Christian Bök (upgraded edition), p 15

    May 20, 2010