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1Any of various choreographed dances, or dance sequences, performed either at a social gathering or on the stage, often to a specific piece of music. Compare "dance". Now chiefly historical.
2A piece of music intended for dancing, or composed in a dance rhythm.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Hermeticall Banquet. From Italian ballo dance, act of dancing, piece of music intended for dancing or composed to a dance rhythm from ballare to dance.
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