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cancan (kăn´kăn), a lively French dance marked chiefly by high kicking. It was developed in Paris in the 1830s and became a popular social dance there. By the mid-19th cent. it was incorporated into dance revues and stage productions. Jacques Offenbach wrote the best-known cancan music. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec made celebrated paintings and lithographs of famous cancan dancers.

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can-can

can-can (or chahut). Boisterous (and supposedly indecorous) Parisian dance of quadrille pattern which came into vogue in 1830s, having originated in Algeria. Best-known example is Offenbach's from Orpheus in the Underworld (1858). Involves high kicking by a line of women in pretty dresses.

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cancan

can·can / ˈkanˌkan/ • n. a lively, high-kicking stage dance originating in 19th-century Parisian music halls.

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cancan

cancan XIX. — F., of uncert. orig.

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