Definition of disco in English:



  • 1A club or party at which people dance to pop music.

    • ‘‘No matter what good product you do, it is the marketing effort that matters ultimately,’ says the singer, who is slated to perform live in many city discotheques for the promotion of her new album.’
    • ‘During the past quarter-century, bars, discotheques and theaters sprouted all over Baghdad.’
    • ‘These will ban the carrying of firearms in restaurants, clubs, discotheques and pubs between 10 pm and 6 am.’
    • ‘The organisers have also arranged a lucky draw with prizes like tickets to movies, amusement parks and discotheques.’
    • ‘It has a restaurant, a bar, a sandy swimming pool and, on some nights, a discotheque.’
    • ‘The trend here is to convert hotel coffee shops into weekend discotheques.’
    • ‘They were ‘employed’ through intermediaries and announcements in clubs, bars and discotheques seeking people with computer literacy and good English.’
    • ‘The law which came into force on June 24 is seeing owners of not just cabarets but also lounge bars, restaurants and discotheques struggling to meet stringent licensing conditions.’
    • ‘The noise and music from the bars, the restaurants and the discotheques gets all mixed up to produce an indescribable cacophony of sounds which carries on until the wee hours of the night and hardly lets anyone sleep.’
    • ‘The nation's 14 million smokers braced Friday for a new law which comes into force Monday banning them from smoking in public places including bars, restaurants, discotheques and offices.’
    • ‘For music and dance freaks, the in-house discotheque offers a diversion.’
    • ‘In the city, young people go to discotheques and other dance events on weekends.’
    • ‘The two make regular visits to schools and discotheques, and also put on street performances.’
    • ‘Cities are littered with singles clubs and discotheques that aim to pair people up, even if it's just for a one-night stand.’
    • ‘People frequently meet partners at school, university, or at work, although discotheques and clubs in the cities have become popular meeting places.’
    • ‘Nightspots seem to be the police's main target, apparently based on their assumption that most drug-related crimes take place in nightclubs, discotheques and such.’
    • ‘The village itself has two guarded beaches, many small family hotels, clubs, bars, restaurants and discotheques, currency change bureaus and regular public bus transport and taxis.’
    • ‘It could well become a tourist attraction in itself, as the city residents get bored with amusement parks, discotheques, shopping malls and hotels with familiar decor.’
    • ‘Dancing halls, discotheques, beauty parlors and Internet bars are places that engage in the ‘beauty economy.’’
    • ‘Monday night and there he was, at the discotheque watching the teenagers dancing to the music.’
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  • 2Pop music intended mainly for dancing to at discos, typically soul-influenced and melodic with a regular bass beat and popular particularly in the late 1970s.

    • ‘Taking the best parts of electro, techno and disco, he composes on the fly and makes instantly catchy and melodic dance tracks.’
    • ‘In 1996 he released a long player that shocked his tecchier fans by encompassing not just techno and house but also disco, electro and more than a dash of orchestral drama.’
    • ‘The song sounds like a fleet of androids racing and screaming toward the future, underpinned by a churning disco beat.’
    • ‘The group mixed garage, disco, punk, new wave, and metal and chucked the result into our faces with deliberately dumb lyrics.’
    • ‘Hip-hop, trance music, disco, and house quickly became an obsession for her.’
    • ‘As disco went back underground at the beginning of the '80s, it went through a bit of a stylistic makeover.’
    • ‘In attempting to appeal to a wider audience he has opted for a lightweight disco and soft pop-soul vocabulary, watering down the impact of what was once one of soul music's most distinctive voices.’
    • ‘At such times, electronic music presents a singularly cold shoulder, disco is too upbeat, jazz too knotty, new wave too garrulous.’
    • ‘Like most of the disco, hip swinging, love songs that populate the album these are especially polished and crisply produced.’
    • ‘Fans of the band won't be surprised at the glossy fusion of house, disco and jazz; however their crystalline production value and song writing have been cranked up a gear.’
    • ‘It is a dirty disco tune with an anthemic rock chorus.’
    • ‘As for music, Bristol's hippest DJs are all here - spinning soul, funk, hip-hop, jazz and disco.’
    • ‘Then again it is this interplay between classic rock riffs and disco beats that make some of these songs timeless classics.’
    • ‘The 18 tracks of psychedelic pop, disco grooves and film snips may be a patchwork quilt of musical oddities, but one that is seamless.’
    • ‘Make no mistake about it - this is not an electronica album, or even a house album - it's disco.’
    • ‘He navigates through that abyss that few artists dare to explore, culling from the far reaches of jazz, lounge, disco, and even classical music.’
    • ‘That track laid the foundations for future success, exemplifying their ability to fuse jazz and funk with disco elements.’
    • ‘The work's equally edgy score incorporates techno, disco, and house music.’
    • ‘The idea of disco infused hardcore doesn't exactly reek of intrepid musical exploration.’
    • ‘The group scored the first major reggae, rock / disco and hip-hop hits.’


[NO OBJECT]informal
  • Attend or dance at a disco.

    ‘for the next three hours he discoed nonstop’
    • ‘Many, many players were discoing tonight. I discoed 4 times in a row.’
    • ‘Even if you didn't disco or drink your way into your coworkers' memories last year, it doesn't hurt to review the dos and don'ts of party going.’
    • ‘Since I couldn't disco or drink the rest of the night away, it was time to retire, which we did.’
    • ‘I couldn't dance, I couldn't disco, so my teenage years were terrible.’
    • ‘A few seconds later, she was discoing.’
    • ‘However there are no dazzling lights, no exciting music, no wine or scent of perfume when you disco on the tideland.’
    • ‘We had three large bags of cans when we exited the hall while the students were discoing.’
    • ‘One man is discoing, while another rocks back and forth with arms straight ahead, as if impersonating a zombie.’
    • ‘We were discoing until four in the morning, partying every night.’
    • ‘We sat down with loud disco music blaring away and a few girls were discoing on the tiny space between tables.’


1960s (originally US): abbreviation of discotheque.