One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A Hungarian dance with a slow introduction and a fast, wild finish.
- ‘He caps them with the theme rewritten as a polka/waltz, a tango, a czardas, in ragtime, and ‘in the style of film music.’’
- ‘Hungary has numerous dance houses with live music - czardas being the main leg-shaking exercise - though some can be rather earnest and purist.’
- ‘Just minutes before, his sister Erica has finished leading a czardas with a zest that might make any Mittel European homesick.’
- ‘He tweaked and refined each scene, revising whole sections, such as the mazurka and czardas, which had been altered for television.’
- ‘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.’
Mid 19th century: from Hungarian csárdás, from csárda ‘inn’.
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