Definition of csardas in English:

csardas

(also czardas)

noun

  • A Hungarian dance with a slow introduction and a fast, wild finish.

    • ‘The folk dances finding their accompaniment to this music - the Hungarian czardas, the Polish mazurka, the German waltz, the Russian trepak, and even English Morris dancing - have a recognizably formalized shape.’
    • ‘He would rise sharply into a fifth sous-sus to explode into a buoyant jump, peppered with the gigue, czardas, or mazurka of his beloved character dance.’
    • ‘Just minutes before, his sister Erica has finished leading a czardas with a zest that might make any Mittel European homesick.’
    • ‘He caps them with the theme rewritten as a polka/waltz, a tango, a czardas, in ragtime, and ‘in the style of film music.’’
    • ‘He tweaked and refined each scene, revising whole sections, such as the mazurka and czardas, which had been altered for television.’
    • ‘Hungary has numerous dance houses with live music - czardas being the main leg-shaking exercise - though some can be rather earnest and purist.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Hungarian csárdás, from csárda inn.

Pronunciation:

csardas

/ˈCHärdäSH/