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

  • intransitive v. To go for a leisurely walk: stroll in the park.
  • intransitive v. To travel from place to place seeking work or gain.
  • transitive v. To walk along or through at a leisurely pace: stroll the beach.
  • n. A leisurely walk.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A wandering on foot; an idle and leisurely walk; a ramble.
  • v. To wander on foot; to ramble idly or leisurely; to rove.
  • v. To go somewhere with ease.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A wandering on foot; an idle and leisurely walk; a ramble.
  • intransitive v. To wander on foot; to ramble idly or leisurely; to rove.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To saunter from point to point on foot; walk leisurely as inclination directs; ramble, especially for some particular purpose or aim.
  • To rove from place to place; go about deviously as chance or opportunity offers; roam; wander; tramp: used especially of persons who lead a roaming life in search of occupation or subsistence.
  • To turn in different directions; veer or glance about; rove, as the eyes.
  • Synonyms and Saunter, Wander, etc. See ramble, v.
  • n. A wandering along or about; a leisurely walk; a saunter.
  • n. A stroller.
  • n. A narrow strip of land.

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

  • v. walk leisurely and with no apparent aim
  • n. a leisurely walk (usually in some public place)


Probably German dialectal strollen, variant of strolchen, from Strolch, fortuneteller, vagabond, perhaps from Italian dialectal strolegh, from Italian astròlogo, astrologer, fortuneteller, from Latin astrologus, astronomer, astrologer, from Greek astrologos; see astrology.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • The Stroll was a popular line dance in the 1950s. It was first performed to "C. C. Rider" by Chuck Willis on American Bandstand. Link Wray's "Rumble" and "The Stroll" by The Diamonds were also popular tunes for doing the Stroll. All these songs are slow 12-bar blues.

    In the dance, two lines of dancers, men on one side and women on the other, face each other, moving in place to the music. Each paired couple then steps out and does a more elabarate dance up and down between the rows of dancers.

    Music: "Stroll" Diamonds, "C.C. Rider" Chuck Willis, "Walking to New Orleans" Fats Domino
    Type: Contra lines
    Level: Beginner
    Choreographer: Unknown
    Counts: Basic: 12, center walk: 6
    BPM: 120

    A hip update of the old Virginia Reel, the Stroll features dancers forming tight contra lines, creating a lane down the middle wide enough to allow two to stroll down the aisle. Popularized through exposure on the daily American Bandstand program in late 1957, the Stroll stands as one of the few nationally-popular line dances of the 50s and 60s, rivaled in prominence only by the earlier Bunny Hop and the subsequent Hully Gully.


    See also the Slauson

    February 24, 2008