Definition of cancan in English:

cancan

Line breaks: can¦can
Pronunciation: /ˈkankan
 
/

noun

A lively, high-kicking stage dance originating in 19th-century Parisian music halls and performed by women in long skirts and petticoats: people were dancing the cancan [as modifier]: cancan dancers
More 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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