Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An intricate Hungarian dance characterized by variations in tempo.
  • n. Music for this dance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An intricate Hungarian folk dance characterized by variations in tempo
  • n. The music for such a dance

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A Hungarian national dance.

Etymologies

Hungarian csárdás, from csárda, wayside tavern, from Serbo-Croatian čardāk, watchtower, from Turkish çardak, hut, trellis, from Persian chār ṭāq, from chahār ṭāq, four-cornered vault : chahār, four (from Old Iranian cathwārō.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Hungarian csárdás, adjectival form of csárda ("tavern"), from Turkish. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A few moments later an elegant strain of a mystical Romany czardas wove its way through the room.

    Brush of Darkness

  • He speaks pretty good Hungarian and loves to sing Hungarian folk songs and dance the czardas.

    Enemies of the People

  • Romanian and Hungarian gypsies who fiddled the czardas and halgatos at our family festivities and camped in the empty store adjacent to my father's butcher shop, an uninterrupted flow of loud conversation in many tongues, rarely English, and kitchen odors of many Habsburg cuisines filling our crowded expanded-family-filled home, gave me an orthodox and optimistic view of America as a land of change and possibility which I never lost.

    D. Carleton Gajdusek - Autobiography

  • As the czardas quickened until its pace reached the speed of a whirlwind, de Savignac suddenly staggered to his feet -- his breath coming in short gasps.

    A Village of Vagabonds

  • Parisiennes, with their attendant cavaliers, while the orchestra played the passionate notes of the Hungarian czardas, resembled some vision of a painter, some embarkation for the dreamed-of Cythera, realized by the fancy of an artist, a poet, or a great lord, here in nineteenth century

    The French Immortals Series — Complete

  • And Marsa also gazed after them, her ears caressed by the czardas of the musicians.

    The French Immortals Series — Complete

  • Alone in the world, the sole survivor of her massacred tribe, the Russians to her were the murderers of her people, the assassins of the free musicians with eagle profiles she used to follow as they played the czardas from village to village.

    The French Immortals Series — Complete

  • All these odd people, astonishing a little and interesting greatly the groups of Parisians gathered above on the sidewalks, crossed the gangway leading to the boat, and, spreading about on the deck, gazed at the banks and the houses, or listened to the czardas which the Hungarian musicians were playing with a sort of savage frenzy beneath the French tricolor united to the three colors of their own country.

    The French Immortals Series — Complete

  • And the young Prince, gazing down upon his dead father, remembered how many times those mute lips had related to him the legend of the czardas, that legend, symbolic of the history of Hungary, summing up all the bitter pain of the conquest, when the beautiful dark girls of

    The French Immortals Series — Complete

  • Marsa had played this air or that one, this sad song or that czardas.

    The French Immortals Series — Complete

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  • "Fans clap as a fat-cat jazzman and a bad-ass bassman blab gangsta rap — a gangland fad that attacks what Brahms and Franck call art: a Balkan czardas, a Tartar tandava (sarabands that can charm a saltant chap at a danza).
    Eunoia by Christian Bök (upgraded edition), p 15

    May 20, 2010