Definition of foxtrot in English:



  • 1A ballroom dance in 4/4 time, with alternation of two slow and two quick steps.

    • ‘Some of the better dancers among the youngsters are experts not only in folk and traditional dances, but also in ballroom dances like foxtrot, quickstep, waltz and tango, to say nothing of Latin dances such as rumba, samba, jive and salsa.’
    • ‘Five years ago, I used to teach dancing - waltz, foxtrot and jiving.’
    • ‘They had fun learning four traditional dances such as the foxtrot.’
    • ‘She expected tango (as still happens nowadays with every foreign tourist who has just arrived to Argentina), but these people dance foxtrot, jazz and waltzes.’
    • ‘The grandchildren of the original swing and ballroom dancers are now the ones demonstrating their niftily executed foxtrot or flamboyant lindy-hop routine.’
    • ‘She employs around 20 teachers, teaching ballet, tap, foxtrot, waltz, tango, jive and hip hop.’
    • ‘The ballroom competition consists of the waltz, quickstep, slow foxtrot, Viennese waltz and tango.’
    • ‘He is credited with creating many of the standard steps still used today in the foxtrot and the rumba.’
    • ‘In each section competitors were required to dance specific dance styles including the Viennese waltz, tango and foxtrot while maintaining poise, technical agility and an awareness of other competitors on the dance floor.’
    • ‘The waltz, foxtrot, tango and quickstep are danced in rapid-fire succession in each ballroom round while salsa steps up the beat to let Latin competitors loosen up a little and go through the paces of the rhumba, samba and cha cha.’
    • ‘Waltz, foxtrot, and quickstep were the popular ballroom dances.’
    • ‘Feet have waltzed upon that floor, shuffled to the Charleston, stepped out to the foxtrot, twisted to rock 'n' roll, grooved to disco beats, pounded to punk and gently tapped beneath seats during musical productions on stage.’
    • ‘Soon, in addition to jazz, ballet and tap, children may be begging for swing, jive, foxtrot and rumba lessons.’
    • ‘The foxtrot is still danced every night of the week in hundreds of modern sequence dance clubs around the country, along with the waltz, quickstep, tango, rhumba, cha cha, jive, mambo, salsa, saunter, blues, swing and so on.’
    • ‘Yet she enjoys going to the hairdresser and dancing the foxtrot, and will be cooking her own Christmas dinner in her tiny kitchen.’
    • ‘She made it to the show's semi-finals with her professional dance partner, having learnt to dance the waltz, foxtrot, samba, rumba, jive and quickstep among others.’
    • ‘A ballroom dancer was doing the foxtrot only days after major groundbreaking surgery to implant an artificial collar bone into his shoulder this month.’
    • ‘They enjoy completing crossword puzzles together and up until a couple of years ago were still doing the rumba, tango, waltz and foxtrot at the Town Hall.’
    • ‘I believe they are the youngest couple in the country capable of performing the foxtrot, quickstep, waltz and tango.’
    • ‘Each school can provide five pairs (plus one alternate) to dance in five different styles: swing, the tango, the rumba, the merengue, and the foxtrot.’
    1. 1.1A piece of music written for a foxtrot.
      • ‘During the Twenties many bands played the foxtrot too fast and some couples couldn't keep up.’
      • ‘Alternatively, you might like a soul wedding band that can play all the classic soul songs from the 60's, 70's and 80's or a more old fashioned wedding band who can play foxtrots and waltz etc.’
  • 2A code word representing the letter F, used in radio communication.

    • ‘I whispered in his ear to foxtrot oscar and not use such language around my client; he walked away, his shoulders sagging as he realised my client was not impressed.’


  • Perform a foxtrot.

    • ‘People foxtrotted, two-stepped, waltzed, and tangoed the night away.’
    • ‘Fifty years ago, most British towns had their own dance hall, where couples could foxtrot, dine or watch cabaret.’
    • ‘The 18 couples from the three schools foxtrotted and tangoed their way to silver and gold medals in the first-ever event.’
    • ‘We waltzed and foxtrotted and ‘jitter-bugged’; the ‘twist’ and ‘rock and roll’ were to be the dances of our kid sisters and brothers and our children.’
    • ‘Three hundred dancers tangoed, waltzed and foxtrotted the night away Saturday during the Austin Ballroom Festival.’
    • ‘Mention ballroom dancing and most people think of smiling couples dressed in designer suits and glitzy dresses waltzing, quickstepping and foxtrotting across the hardwood.’
    • ‘Space on the night will be limited to leave room for the brave to foxtrot and quickstep.’
    • ‘The popular pair made a Broadway debut in 1927 in Lady Do, in which they tangoed, waltzed, and foxtrotted through fifty-six performances at the Liberty Theatre.’