waltz / wôlts/ •
n. a dance in triple time performed by a couple who as a pair turn rhythmically around and around as they progress around the dance floor. ∎ a piece of music written for or in the style of this dance.•
v. [intr.] dance a waltz: I waltzed across the floor with the lieutenant. ∎ [tr.] guide (someone) in or as if in a waltz: he waltzed her around the table. ∎ [intr.] move or act lightly, casually, or inconsiderately: you can't just waltz in and expect to make a mark it is the third time that he has waltzed off with the coveted award.PHRASES: waltz Matildasee Matilda2 .DERIVATIVES: waltz·er n.ORIGIN: late 18th cent.: from German Walzer, from walzen ‘revolve.’
waltz (Ger. Walzer; Fr. valse).
Dance in 3/4 time probably deriving from Ger. Ländler
which came into prominence in last quarter of 18th cent. both among composers and in the ballroom. Where the latter was concerned, the waltzes of the Viennese composers Johann Strauss I
were popular throughout Europe
. Beethoven, Schubert, and Hummel wrote waltzes. Weber's Invitation to the Dance
is in waltz rhythm and is the first ‘sophisticated’ treatment of the waltz. Chopin's waltzes are fine examples. In symphonic mus. the 2nd movt. of Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique
and 3rd movt. of Tchaikovsky's 5th sym. are outstanding. Tchaikovsky also wrote great waltzes in his operas and ballets; and those by Johann Strauss II, Richard Strauss (Der Rosenkavalier
), Ravel, and others are deservedly cherished.
Dance performed by couples to music in triple time. This graceful ballroom dance came into fashion in the early 19th century, having developed during the previous century from south-German folk dances, such as the Ländler
sb. and vb. XVIII. — G. walzer
the dance, f. walzen
roll, revolve, dance the waltz, f. Gmc. *walt-
, extension of *wal-