Definition of hoedown in English:



North American
  • 1A social gathering at which lively folk dancing takes place.

    • ‘There were nightclubs, there were hoedowns, there were folk dances and there were masquerades.’
    • ‘Then the couple were off to their ranch in Bromley Common for a hoedown to celebrate with 150 guests including many family members.’
    • ‘He was trying to organize a hoedown tonight down in Alphabet City where all of the new first-years could all get together and hang out before we start work Friday morning.’
    • ‘Alternatively, the Rafter Six Ranch is a good family option, with trail rides during the day and hoedowns at night.’
    • ‘There will be a family hoedown the following day and a full programme of national hunt racing on Sunday from 2pm.’
    • ‘The chance to dance the night away comes on March 2 with a right old country hoedown to be held in Ryston sports and social club.’
    • ‘You might want to experience a good ole country & western hoedown in the rustic surrounds of the Casino Saleyards, Thursday, May 29.’
    • ‘Saturday night and country roads led us to Washington County's Food Farm, where event planner extraordinaire Bob Sendall hosted a haute hoedown that attracted 200 city slickers to the rural retreat.’
    • ‘The Chicks started out in 1989 playing hoedowns and street corners in their native Dallas, with Maguire on fiddle and Robison on banjo.’
    • ‘Whether you hold a harvest hoedown or a stylish sit-down dinner party for eight, fall for outside entertaining this autumn!’
    • ‘The Haverfordwest hoedown will include a hog roast, line dancing, and early evening entertainment by Brian Jobson.’
    • ‘For one night, Hogtown got an old-time hoedown as the Grand Old Dame of country music and coal miner's daughter Loretta Lynn landed at Toronto's Massey Hall.’
    • ‘Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt have always come across as cowgirl sophisticates equally comfortable at a hoedown as they would be at a debutante ball.’
    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. 1.1A lively folk dance.
      • ‘After they arrived in Louisiana, Anglo-American immigrants to Louisiana contributed new fiddle tunes and dances, such as reels, jigs, and hoedowns.’
      • ‘And it's just like an embarrassing moment where I watch myself and I'm like, ‘Oh, I did the hoedown?’’
      • ‘Also, at least in many rural communities, the square dance and hoedown are still around, even if chiefly on that life support of a special evening of ‘Western’ dancing.’
      • ‘Dinner is usually a buffet or served family-style; at some dinners you'll be treated to live entertainment such as mellow folk songs or a merry hoedown.’
      • ‘My band started playing the wrong song and I didn't know what to do so I thought I'd do a hoedown.’
      • ‘Great potential for a country hoedown here, as accomplished Canadian artists assemble under a rural banner.’
      • ‘Rodriguez's playing is a vivid mix of square-dance swing and dust-raising hoedown, but she also has a voice that could lasso a mustang at full gallop.’