Definition of mazurka in English:


Pronunciation /məˈzʊəkə//məˈzəːkə/


  • A lively Polish dance in triple time.

    • ‘When I danced the mazurka with him, though, I asked him about it.’
    • ‘This early work is essentially a mazurka on a large scale.’
    • ‘Other 19th-century examples include mazurkas, nocturnes, and études by Chopin.’
    • ‘This collection of Italian waltzes, polkas, mazurkas and tarantellas for solo violin is an excellent teaching tool for double stops, scales, arpeggios and style.’
    • ‘He had no interest in politics, but the specificity of the mazurka's Polish origins could not have escaped him.’
    • ‘The corps danced with an invigorating snap in the mazurka and the czardas.’
    • ‘You had Polish dance tunes like krakowiak, oberek, no wesloo, mazur, and polonez and of course polkas and mazurkas and waltzes.’
    • ‘Elsewhere, he excelled in Chopin's smaller works, especially the mazurkas, to which he brought unusual lapidary refinement.’
    • ‘A Dordán concert will include lively jigs and reels, haunting slow airs, traditional songs and a variety of mazurkas, polkas, waltzes and more.’
    • ‘The three mazurkas included in this opus are delightful and not too difficult.’
    • ‘The recital consists of essentially triple-time dance music - mazurkas, waltzes, and polonaises - although you might find it difficult to trip the light fantastic to any of this.’
    • ‘He appropriated the forms and even the names of that composer's most famous works, writing dozens of preludes, mazurkas, scherzos and waltzes.’
    • ‘She uses few raw materials, the most prominent of these being a melancholy, dance-like theme that would not have been out of place in one of Chopin's mazurkas.’
    • ‘What if we'd been hearing the waltzes and mazurkas as china figurines in a glass cabinet, and the songs without words as lavish furnishings without vulgar display?’
    • ‘This elegant restraint runs over into the third mazurka.’
    • ‘Scriabin's early works, until about 1903, are lyrical and effusive, formally inspired by Chopin (waltzes, mazurkas, ballades, preludes, impromptus and scherzos), though where content was concerned his voice was very much his own.’
    • ‘This does seem peculiar because she spends chunks of the books at the various village festa dancing mazurkas badly when sufficiently fortified by local wine.’
    • ‘Unlike the strictly timed moves of the waltzes and mazurkas of Nobility, these dances were from the heart.’
    • ‘The talented Dordan group has won widespread acclaim for their unique sound - a blend of lively traditional jigs and reels, haunting slow airs, traditional songs along with mazurkas, sonatinas and waltzes.’
    • ‘Everyone in the house could hear waltzes and mazurkas.’


Early 19th century: via German from Polish mazurka, accusative or genitive singular of mazurek ‘folk dance from Mazovia’, from mazur, denoting an inhabitant of the province Mazovia.