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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 ?
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.
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.