Definition of morris dance in English:

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morris dance


A lively traditional English dance performed outdoors by groups known as “sides.” Dancers wear distinctive costumes that are mainly black and white and have small bells attached, and often carry handkerchiefs or sticks.
Example sentences
  • George and the Dragon was played all over the country by bands of mummers, who would blacken their faces with soot and wear animal masks and ragged costumes - some morris dance groups echo these once-pagan traditions today.
  • Sharp went on to devote most of the rest of his life to compiling morris dances and tunes.
  • There was a serene feel to the festival on Sunday when 300 people gathered in the morning for a multi-faith service of songs of praise followed by a morris dance display.


morris dancer

Pronunciation: /ˈmôrəs ˌdansər/
Pronunciation: /ˈmärəs ˌdansər/
Example sentences
  • Among the entertainments on offer were a Punch and Judy show and displays by morris dancers, majorettes, and judo and aikido displays.
  • Anyone interested in joining the procession of decorated wagons, morris dancers, bands and queens will be welcome, including walkers and vintage vehicles.
  • Performances by morris dancers and the fair will start at 11 am.

morris dancing

Pronunciation: /ˈmôrəs ˌdansiNG/ Pronunciation: /ˈmärəs ˌdansiNG/
Example sentences
  • There was maypole dancing and morris dancing provided by the Jockey Mens Morris Team.
  • There will be live music, including folk, jazz and blues, as well as morris dancing.
  • According to John the popularity of morris dancing has ebbed and flowed through the years and was on the verge of extinction until the timely intervention of one Cecil Sharp on Boxing Day 1899.


Late Middle English: morris from morys, variant of Moorish (see Moor); the association with the Moors remains unexplained.

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Syllabification: mor·ris dance

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