Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A torchlight procession, a survival from medieval tournaments, which is celebrated at some of the German courts on the marriage of a member of the royal family.
  • noun A musical composition designed for the above procession.

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  • noun music a kind of polonaise, associated with German royal wedding celebrations

Etymologies

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Borrowing from German Fackeltanz ("torch dance").

Examples

  • 2009 Scripps National Spelling Bee, sailed through four rounds before stumbling on the German word "fackeltanz."

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  • 2009 Scripps National Spelling Bee, sailed through four rounds before stumbling on the German word "fackeltanz."

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  • No longer for royals and fancy pants
    It's borrowed by fans of old romance.
    In their humble turn
    They'll risk a bad burn
    Performing a version of fackeltanz.

    November 27, 2015