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1. An intricate Hungarian dance characterized by variations in tempo.
2. The music for this dance.

[Hungarian csárdás, from csárda, wayside tavern, from Serbo-Croatian čardāk, watchtower, from Ottoman Turkish čārṭāk, čardak, hut, pergola (equivalent to modern Turkish çardak), from Persian chār ṭāq, from chahār ṭāq, four-cornered vault : chahār, four (from Old Iranian cathwārō; see kwetwer- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots) + ṭāq, vault (from Arabic, arch; see ṭwq in the Appendix of Semitic roots).]


1. (Dancing) a Hungarian national dance of alternating slow and fast sections
2. (Music, other) a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
[from Hungarian csárdás]


(ˈtʃɑr dɑʃ)

a Hungarian dance in two movements, one slow and the other fast.
[1855–60; < Hungarian csárdás, derivative of csárda wayside tavern < Serbo-Croatian čȁrdāk watchtower]
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A Hungarian czardas is danced in honour of Rosalinde.
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After this, the 57-year-old is joined by two acoustic guitars, snare drum and a double bass to perform his own arrangements of some of his favourite music from Waller and Brubeck to Monti''s Czardas and more.
From the sensitive and elegiac Czech RocKing Carol with flugelhorn soloist Lucy Cutt, through Monti's Czardas with euphonium soloist David Thornton, to the circus march The Waltonian, they were fabulous.
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It features blistering Czardas, a Hugarian dance for couples that starts slow and speeds up.