Definition of hoedown in English:



North American
  • 1A social gathering at which lively folk dancing takes place.

    • ‘The Haverfordwest hoedown will include a hog roast, line dancing, and early evening entertainment by Brian Jobson.’
    • ‘The chance to dance the night away comes on March 2 with a right old country hoedown to be held in Ryston sports and social club.’
    • ‘There will be a family hoedown the following day and a full programme of national hunt racing on Sunday from 2pm.’
    • ‘There were nightclubs, there were hoedowns, there were folk dances and there were masquerades.’
    • ‘Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt have always come across as cowgirl sophisticates equally comfortable at a hoedown as they would be at a debutante ball.’
    • ‘The Chicks started out in 1989 playing hoedowns and street corners in their native Dallas, with Maguire on fiddle and Robison on banjo.’
    • ‘Whether you hold a harvest hoedown or a stylish sit-down dinner party for eight, fall for outside entertaining this autumn!’
    • ‘Then the couple were off to their ranch in Bromley Common for a hoedown to celebrate with 150 guests including many family members.’
    • ‘Saturday night and country roads led us to Washington County's Food Farm, where event planner extraordinaire Bob Sendall hosted a haute hoedown that attracted 200 city slickers to the rural retreat.’
    • ‘He was trying to organize a hoedown tonight down in Alphabet City where all of the new first-years could all get together and hang out before we start work Friday morning.’
    • ‘Alternatively, the Rafter Six Ranch is a good family option, with trail rides during the day and hoedowns at night.’
    • ‘You might want to experience a good ole country & western hoedown in the rustic surrounds of the Casino Saleyards, Thursday, May 29.’
    • ‘For one night, Hogtown got an old-time hoedown as the Grand Old Dame of country music and coal miner's daughter Loretta Lynn landed at Toronto's Massey Hall.’
    social gathering, gathering, social occasion, social event, social function, function, get-together, celebration, reunion, festivity, jamboree, reception, at-home, soirée, social
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    1. 1.1 A lively folk dance.
      • ‘Dinner is usually a buffet or served family-style; at some dinners you'll be treated to live entertainment such as mellow folk songs or a merry hoedown.’
      • ‘Great potential for a country hoedown here, as accomplished Canadian artists assemble under a rural banner.’
      • ‘Rodriguez's playing is a vivid mix of square-dance swing and dust-raising hoedown, but she also has a voice that could lasso a mustang at full gallop.’
      • ‘Also, at least in many rural communities, the square dance and hoedown are still around, even if chiefly on that life support of a special evening of ‘Western’ dancing.’
      • ‘And it's just like an embarrassing moment where I watch myself and I'm like, ‘Oh, I did the hoedown?’’
      • ‘My band started playing the wrong song and I didn't know what to do so I thought I'd do a hoedown.’
      • ‘After they arrived in Louisiana, Anglo-American immigrants to Louisiana contributed new fiddle tunes and dances, such as reels, jigs, and hoedowns.’