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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]
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]