Definition of polonaise in English:


Line breaks: pol¦on|aise
Pronunciation: /ˌpɒləˈneɪz


1A slow dance of Polish origin in triple time, consisting chiefly of an intricate march or procession: a polonaise and mazurka danced by the Theatre’s famous ballet school
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  • Between polonaises and mazurkas, character teacher David Boyet emphasizes artistry as he demonstrates epaulement.
  • The film ends with Poles dancing their traditional polonaise to celebrate a military victory over the Russians.
  • We then launch into the polonaise, which is where I have a bit of a problem with this choreography.
1.1A piece of music for the polonaise: he played a polonaise by Chopin
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  • Sixteen preparatory pieces, such as preludes, études, bagatelles, barcarolles, nocturnes and polonaises, present, reinforce and prepare students for what is coming next.
  • The most extraordinary musical evocation is undoubtedly the rendering of a John Cleese prose poem by the Monty Python Team (in the film The Meaning of Life) that tells the life of Cromwell set to the music of a polonaise by Chopin.
  • There are, for example, a polka, a fughetta, a rondo, a rondino, an impromptu, a mazurka, a barcarolle, two arabesques, a ragtime, three polonaises, a tango and a rumba, not to mention a sequence of four nocturnes.
2 historical A woman’s dress with a tight bodice and a skirt open from the waist downwards, looped up to show a decorative underskirt: a black velvet polonaise with jet buttons
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  • They'll cut you up like spare ribbons on Mademoiselle Jebraiel's polonaise!
  • The polonaise was usually cut like a princess dress, without a waist seam, and often differed from it only in that it was not full length.
  • Her lips were a red of the same tint, as was the polonaise she was so daintily flaunting - over which, she wore a black cloak.


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(Of a dish) garnished with chopped hard-boiled egg yolk, breadcrumbs, and parsley: polonaise sauce and trout sauce are specially made
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  • I took the roast fillet of beef in a parsley crust with asparagus polonaise and turnip and turned carrots.
  • Other egg sauces include those in which chopped hard-cooked eggs are an ingredient such as Polonaise Sauce.


mid 18th century: from French, feminine of polonais 'Polish', from medieval Latin Polonia 'Poland'.

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