from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A stately, marchlike Polish dance, primarily a promenade by couples.
- n. Music for or based on the traditional rhythm of this dance, having triple meter.
- n. A woman's dress of the 18th century, having a fitted bodice and draped cutaway skirt, worn over an elaborate underskirt.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A stately Polish dance in triple time and moderate tempo.
- n. Music for this dance.
- n. A woman's dress having a tight bodice and a skirt divided to show a coloured underskirt.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to the Poles, or to Poland.
- n. The Polish language.
- n. An article of dress for women, consisting of a body and an outer skirt in one piece.
- n. A stately Polish dance tune, in 3-4 measure, beginning always on the beat with a quaver followed by a crotchet, and closing on the beat after a strong accent on the second beat; also, a dance adapted to such music; a polacca.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A light open gown looped up at the sides, showing the front of an elaborate petticoat, and longer behind, worn toward the close of the eighteenth century; also, a similar but plainer gown, not so much drawn back, and draped more simply, worn at the present time.
- n. A kind of overcoat, short and usually faced and bordered with fur, worn by men who affected a semi-military dress during the first quarter of the nineteenth century.
- n. A Polish dance, consisting mainly of a march or promenade of the dancers in procession.
- n. Music for such a promenade, or in its peculiar rhythm, which is triple and stately, with a characteristic division of the first beat of the measures, and a capricious ending of the phrases on the last beat.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a woman's dress with a tight bodice and an overskirt drawn back to reveal a colorful underskirt
French, from feminine of polonais, Polish, from Medieval Latin Polōnia, Poland.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the French polonaise (Polish). (Wiktionary)