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1. A stately, marchlike Polish dance in triple meter, primarily a promenade by couples.
2. The music for this dance.
3. A woman's dress of the 1700s, having a fitted bodice and draped cutaway skirt, worn over an elaborate underskirt.
[French, from feminine of polonais, Polish, from Medieval Latin Polōnia, Poland.]
1. (Dancing) a ceremonial marchlike dance in three-four time from Poland
2. (Music, other) a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
3. (Clothing & Fashion) a woman's costume with a tight bodice and an overskirt drawn back to show a decorative underskirt
[C18: from French danse polonaise Polish dance]
pol•o•naise(ˌpɒl əˈneɪz, ˌpoʊ lə-)
1. a slow dance of Polish origin, in triple meter, consisting chiefly of a march or promenade in couples.
2. a piece of music for, or in the rhythm of, such a dance.
3. a fitted, often elaborate outer dress with a cutaway overskirt draped at the hips, worn by women in the 18th century.
[1765–75; < French, feminine of polonais Polish =Polon- (< Medieval Latin Polonia Poland) + -ais -ese]
A Polish national dance, it became a stately court dance for couples and featured in ballets.