morris dance

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morris dance

(ˈmɒrɪs)
n
(Dancing) any of various old English folk dances usually performed by men (morris men) to the accompaniment of violin, concertina, etc. The dancers are adorned with bells and often represent characters from folk tales. Often shortened to: morris
[C15 moreys daunce Moorish dance. See Moor]
morris dancing n

mor′ris dance′

(ˈmɔr ɪs, ˈmɒr-)
n.
a rural folk dance of N English origin, performed by dancers orig. dressed as characters of the Robin Hood legend, esp. in May Day festivities. Also called mor′ris.
[1425–75; late Middle English moreys daunce Moorish dance; see Moorish]

morris dance

A traditional English folk dance accompanied by tambourines, bells, etc., involving much handkerchief waving.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.morris dance - any of various English folk dances performed by dancers in costumemorris dance - any of various English folk dances performed by dancers in costume
folk dance, folk dancing - a style of dancing that originated among ordinary people (not in the royal courts)
Translations

morris dance

nMoriskentanz m, alter englischer Volkstanz
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The first three - 'Princess Royal', A-Nutting We Will Go', and 'The Curly-Headed Ploughboy' - would have been suitable for the six-handed dances performed by the Bampton morris dancers when Lewis acted as accompanist for them nearly half a century earlier.