cancan


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can·can

 (kăn′kăn′)
n.
An exuberant dance that originated in France, performed by women and marked by high kicking.

[French.]

cancan

(ˈkænˌkæn)
n
(Dancing) a high-kicking dance performed by a female chorus, originating in the music halls of 19th-century Paris
[C19: from French, of uncertain origin]

can•can

(ˈkænˌkæn)

n.
a lively high-kicking dance that came into vogue about 1830 in Paris and after 1844 was used as an exhibition dance.
[1840–50]

cancan

1. An energetic dance performed by women, involving high kicks and the lifting of frothy skirts.
2. A composition in 2/4 time in which one part is repeated by and overlaps another. In vogue in Paris in the 1830s.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cancan - a high-kicking dance of French origin performed by a female chorus linecancan - a high-kicking dance of French origin performed by a female chorus line
choreography, stage dancing - a show involving artistic dancing
Translations

cancan

[ˈkænkæn] Ncancán m

cancan

nCancan m
References in classic literature ?
In part it was a modest CANCAN, in part a step dance, in part a skirt-dance (so far as my tail-coat permitted), and in part original.
Blase and inert, I spent my evenings generally at the Chateau des Fleurs, where I would get fuddled and then dance the cancan (which, in that establishment, was a very indecent performance) with eclat.
Chateau des Fleurs; there I shall find Oblonsky, songs, the cancan.
He liked to be told the secrets which washerwomen discover in the bosom of households, and day after day these girls would tell him the cancans which were going the round of Alencon.
Paris is a town in which cancans do not usually flourish, their proper theatre being provincial and trading places, beyond a question; still there ARE cancans at Paris; for all sorts of persons frequent that centre of civilization.
A successful bet for this famous cabaret which became the Mecca of the party immortalized by the famous painter Toulouse-Lautrec, birthplace of the Music-Hall and world-famous thanks to its French Cancan, still performed today by the famous Doriss Girls.
Isabelle loves the French Cancan, saying: "It combines [my] dance and gymnastic training and it is full of energy.
When she gained revenge over Cancan in the London final at the EXCEL in the summer of 2012, this shy, modest fighter from Leeds became a household name overnight.
The book shows postcards of liaisons in the park, the cancan with lots of frothy skirts thrown up in the air, or radiantly smiling girls.
And Richard, a model, also performs the male cancan - which is much older than the ladies' provocative spectacular associated with the Moulin Rouge.
Even as she reaps her deserved rewards from her gold medal triumph over China's Cancan Ren, Adams' thoughts are already turning to a return to the gym in Sheffield next month.
The Leeds-based 29-yearold became the first woman ever to win an Olympic boxing gold medal with her triumph over Chinese world champion Ren Cancan in the flyweight division.