- a Hungarian dance consisting of a slow section followed by a fast one
- music for this
Origin of czardasHungarian csárdás
- An intricate Hungarian dance characterized by variations in tempo.
- The music for this dance.
Origin of czardasHungarian csárdás, from csárda, wayside tavern, from Serbo-Croatian čardāk, watchtower, from Ottoman Turkish č;ār&tlowdot;āk, čardak, hut, pergola (equivalent to modern Turkish çardak), from Persian chār &tlowdot;āq, from chahār &tlowdot;āq, four-cornered vault : chahār, four (from Old Iranian cathwārō; see kwetwer- in Indo-European roots) + &tlowdot;āq, vault (from Arabic, arch; see &tlowdot;wq in Semitic roots).