Definition of disco in English:

disco

noun

  • 1A club or party at which people dance to pop music:

    ‘on Friday evenings, he often attended a disco with school friends’
    • ‘The trend here is to convert hotel coffee shops into weekend discotheques.’
    • ‘The organisers have also arranged a lucky draw with prizes like tickets to movies, amusement parks and discotheques.’
    • ‘During the past quarter-century, bars, discotheques and theaters sprouted all over Baghdad.’
    • ‘The two make regular visits to schools and discotheques, and also put on street performances.’
    • ‘For music and dance freaks, the in-house discotheque offers a diversion.’
    • ‘The law which came into force on June 24 is seeing owners of not just cabarets but also lounge bars, restaurants and discotheques struggling to meet stringent licensing conditions.’
    • ‘It could well become a tourist attraction in itself, as the city residents get bored with amusement parks, discotheques, shopping malls and hotels with familiar decor.’
    • ‘The noise and music from the bars, the restaurants and the discotheques gets all mixed up to produce an indescribable cacophony of sounds which carries on until the wee hours of the night and hardly lets anyone sleep.’
    • ‘‘No matter what good product you do, it is the marketing effort that matters ultimately,’ says the singer, who is slated to perform live in many city discotheques for the promotion of her new album.’
    • ‘Monday night and there he was, at the discotheque watching the teenagers dancing to the music.’
    • ‘In the city, young people go to discotheques and other dance events on weekends.’
    • ‘It has a restaurant, a bar, a sandy swimming pool and, on some nights, a discotheque.’
    • ‘Dancing halls, discotheques, beauty parlors and Internet bars are places that engage in the ‘beauty economy.’’
    • ‘They were ‘employed’ through intermediaries and announcements in clubs, bars and discotheques seeking people with computer literacy and good English.’
    • ‘People frequently meet partners at school, university, or at work, although discotheques and clubs in the cities have become popular meeting places.’
    • ‘The nation's 14 million smokers braced Friday for a new law which comes into force Monday banning them from smoking in public places including bars, restaurants, discotheques and offices.’
    • ‘Nightspots seem to be the police's main target, apparently based on their assumption that most drug-related crimes take place in nightclubs, discotheques and such.’
    • ‘Cities are littered with singles clubs and discotheques that aim to pair people up, even if it's just for a one-night stand.’
    • ‘The village itself has two guarded beaches, many small family hotels, clubs, bars, restaurants and discotheques, currency change bureaus and regular public bus transport and taxis.’
    • ‘These will ban the carrying of firearms in restaurants, clubs, discotheques and pubs between 10 pm and 6 am.’
    social gathering, gathering, social occasion, social event, social function, function, get-together, celebration, reunion, festivity, jamboree, reception, at-home, soirée, social
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    1. 1.1 The lighting and sound equipment used at a disco:
      ‘no one knows how to waltz so I've ordered a disco’
      • ‘We hired a disco, which played really cheesy music but it was perfect.’
      • ‘If you have hired a Disco as well that's fine- we like working with Discos.’
      • ‘My friends are having an 18th party for their twins and have hired a disco.’
      • ‘In addition to all this work, we hired a disco to provide entertainment in the social.’
  • 2

    short for disco music
    • ‘Hip-hop, trance music, disco, and house quickly became an obsession for her.’
    • ‘The idea of disco infused hardcore doesn't exactly reek of intrepid musical exploration.’
    • ‘It is a dirty disco tune with an anthemic rock chorus.’
    • ‘The 18 tracks of psychedelic pop, disco grooves and film snips may be a patchwork quilt of musical oddities, but one that is seamless.’
    • ‘The song sounds like a fleet of androids racing and screaming toward the future, underpinned by a churning disco beat.’
    • ‘In attempting to appeal to a wider audience he has opted for a lightweight disco and soft pop-soul vocabulary, watering down the impact of what was once one of soul music's most distinctive voices.’
    • ‘In 1996 he released a long player that shocked his tecchier fans by encompassing not just techno and house but also disco, electro and more than a dash of orchestral drama.’
    • ‘As disco went back underground at the beginning of the '80s, it went through a bit of a stylistic makeover.’
    • ‘Like most of the disco, hip swinging, love songs that populate the album these are especially polished and crisply produced.’
    • ‘As for music, Bristol's hippest DJs are all here - spinning soul, funk, hip-hop, jazz and disco.’
    • ‘Fans of the band won't be surprised at the glossy fusion of house, disco and jazz; however their crystalline production value and song writing have been cranked up a gear.’
    • ‘At such times, electronic music presents a singularly cold shoulder, disco is too upbeat, jazz too knotty, new wave too garrulous.’
    • ‘The group scored the first major reggae, rock / disco and hip-hop hits.’
    • ‘The work's equally edgy score incorporates techno, disco, and house music.’
    • ‘Taking the best parts of electro, techno and disco, he composes on the fly and makes instantly catchy and melodic dance tracks.’
    • ‘That track laid the foundations for future success, exemplifying their ability to fuse jazz and funk with disco elements.’
    • ‘Make no mistake about it - this is not an electronica album, or even a house album - it's disco.’
    • ‘The group mixed garage, disco, punk, new wave, and metal and chucked the result into our faces with deliberately dumb lyrics.’
    • ‘Then again it is this interplay between classic rock riffs and disco beats that make some of these songs timeless classics.’
    • ‘He navigates through that abyss that few artists dare to explore, culling from the far reaches of jazz, lounge, disco, and even classical music.’

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Attend or dance at a disco:

    ‘she filled every hour of the day playing tennis, or discoing with friends’
    • ‘Many, many players were discoing tonight. I discoed 4 times in a row.’
    • ‘A few seconds later, she was discoing.’
    • ‘We had three large bags of cans when we exited the hall while the students were discoing.’
    • ‘One man is discoing, while another rocks back and forth with arms straight ahead, as if impersonating a zombie.’
    • ‘However there are no dazzling lights, no exciting music, no wine or scent of perfume when you disco on the tideland.’
    • ‘Since I couldn't disco or drink the rest of the night away, it was time to retire, which we did.’
    • ‘We sat down with loud disco music blaring away and a few girls were discoing on the tiny space between tables.’
    • ‘Even if you didn't disco or drink your way into your coworkers' memories last year, it doesn't hurt to review the dos and don'ts of party going.’
    • ‘I couldn't dance, I couldn't disco, so my teenage years were terrible.’
    • ‘We were discoing until four in the morning, partying every night.’

Origin

1960s (originally US): abbreviation of discotheque.

Pronunciation

disco

/ˈdɪskəʊ/