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.]
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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]
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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]
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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.
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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
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Translations

cancan

[ˈkænkæn] Ncancán m
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cancan

nCancan m
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References in classic literature ?
Chateau des Fleurs; there I shall find Oblonsky, songs, the cancan. No, I'm sick of it.
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.
These generally related to cancans. 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.
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.
In 1952, John Huston made Moulin Rouge and three years later came Jean Renoir's movie, The French Cancan. Both were historical films, documenting the history of the club, unlike the new Baz Luhrmann film which is a fictional romance.
Nicola, 29, did the famous Ali Shuffle after overwhelming hot favourite Ren Cancan of China in the flyweight final.
POST BOX Nicola's golden stamp NO.1 FAN Mum Dee DELIGHT Duchess cheers Nicola to gold FLOORED Champ puts Cancan on her backside.
Adams deserves to have a sore head this morning and she battered China's No.1 seed Ren Cancan 16-7 in a very one-sided final.
The century-old Moulin Rouge, which means "red windmill", is renowned for its famous French cancan.
Dressing to thrill IF actually doing the cancan sounds too much to endure, you can still look the part with the right clothes and cosmetics.
The royal asked the scantily clad showgirls: "Are you going to do the cancan on stage?"