from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A lively dance originating in Bohemia and performed by couples.
- n. Music for this dance, having duple meter.
- intransitive v. To dance the polka.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A lively dance originating in Bohemia.
- n. The music for this dance.
- v. To dance the polka.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A dance of Polish origin, but now common everywhere. It is performed by two persons in common time.
- n. A lively Bohemian or Polish dance tune in 2-4 measure, with the third quaver accented.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A lively round dance which originated in Bohemia about 1830, and was soon after introduced into Austria, France, and England, where it immediately attained a remarkable popularity.
- n. Music for such a dance or in its rhythm, which is duple, and marked by a capricious accent on the second beat, frequently followed by a rest.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. dance a polka
- n. music performed for dancing the polka
- n. a Bohemian dance with 3 steps and a hop in fast time
Czech, probably from Polish, from Polka, Polish woman, feminine of Polak, Pole; see pelə-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Czech polka, variant of půlka ("half") as in "half-step". (Wiktionary)