Definition of dance hall in English:

dance hall


  • 1A large public hall or building where people pay to enter and dance.

    • ‘Her gaze traveled across the dance hall and she spotted a table dressed in pink and white, holding glasses of seemingly white and red wine.’
    • ‘One rural custom involved holding the wedding reception in a commercial dance hall and giving the entrance fees to the newlyweds.’
    • ‘In his younger days he enjoyed attending the local dance hall, where he loved to waltz to the old-time music.’
    • ‘This dance hall has one of the last remaining sprung floors in the US and was built at a time when the Tango was illegal in Portland.’
    • ‘The dance hall was all decked out - dimmed lights, strobe lights, colored lights, streamers and glitter.’
    • ‘It was a lovely building with polished floors and a huge dance hall where we had some wonderful times.’
    • ‘A significant London ballroom, the Palais had been attracting groovy urban crowds since its establishment as a dance hall in 1922.’
    • ‘Afterwards, we went to the dance hall, where many middle-aged and senior people gathered.’
    • ‘I know long ago, if you have a nice calypso, the whole dance hall would rock to it and fights used to breakout.’
    • ‘We get up to the dance hall but it's practically empty, not even a DJ, just a boom box in the corner of the small room playing some faint Latin beats.’
    • ‘Nimbin Hall has also served the community as school, hospital, library, cinema, theatre, concert hall and dance hall.’
    • ‘The business was an immediate success, with a hotel, a dance hall, a tea house and other companies in the same building as Wing On department store.’
    • ‘The 70s and 80s saw a change in the entertainment and the dance hall was turned into a nightclub.’
    • ‘It opened in 1927 as a bar, restaurant and dance hall, and soon became a favourite of famous local residents.’
    • ‘Fifty years ago, most British towns had their own dance hall, where couples could foxtrot, dine or watch cabaret.’
    • ‘The first floor of the Paramount was the lobby, kitchen and shops, the second floor was the dance hall and banquet hall and the third floor was a hotel.’
    • ‘With my purse slung over my shoulder, I followed my mother into the dance hall, and we headed for our table where we had always sat.’
    • ‘The troops used to go to a popular dance hall in Blackburn and it was there that Albert dated about seven girls.’
    • ‘Most of the film shows elderly couples dancing to disco music in an outdoor dance hall.’
    • ‘Music and dancing has been the main form of social life in the country with nearly every townland having its own dance hall in the 60's.’
    assembly hall, assembly room, meeting room, large public room, chamber
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  • 2An uptempo style of dance music originating in Jamaica and derived from reggae, in which a DJ improvises lyrics over a recorded instrumental backing track or to the accompaniment of live musicians.

    • ‘He is also the first dancehall / reggae artist to perform during the live broadcast.’
    • ‘He presents a crucial hour of rocksteady, ska, ragga, dancehall, dub and the best reggae.’
    • ‘His uncle, however, used to import reggae and dancehall singles and distribute them to specialist shops.’
    • ‘Now pouring all of this emotion into a variety of styles ranging from dancehall, reggae and gospel to jazz and RnB, his debut album is all but finished.’
    • ‘Some of the latest dancehall reggae music are sounds are starting to sound more and more like Hip Hop than reggae.’
    • ‘In many ways, dancehall is a reminder of everything hip hop used to be.’


dance hall

/ˈdans ˌhôl//ˈdæns ˌhɔl/