Definition of cancan in English:

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cancan

Pronunciation: /ˈkanˌkan/

noun

A lively, high-kicking stage dance originating in 19th-century Parisian music halls and performed by women in long skirts and petticoats.
Example sentences
  • The Bluebell Girls - one of the last remaining companies to dance the traditional cancan - still perform at the Lido, on the Champs-Elysees.
  • Another historic reference is made in Act III where the Neapolitan Dance becomes a cancan.
  • The cancan, that high kicking, exuberant dance of showgirls, originated in Le Moulin Rouge during the 1890s.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from French, child's word for canard 'duck', from Old French caner 'to quack'.

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Syllabification: can·can

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