Mazurka meaning

mə-zûr'kə, -zo͝or'-
A Polish dance resembling the polka, usually in 3/4 or 3/8 time with the second beat heavily accented, and frequently adopted as a ballet form.
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The music for this dance.
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A lively Polish folk dance.
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Music for this, generally in 3/4 or 3/8 time.
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(music) A Polish folk dance in triple time, usually moderately fast, containing a heavy accent on the third beat and occasionally the second beat.
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(music) A classical musical composition inspired by the folk dance and conforming in some respects to its form, particularly as popularized by Chopin.
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Origin of mazurka

  • Russian possibly from Polish (tańczyć) mazurka (to dance) the mazurka accusative of mazurek dance of the Mazovians from diminutive of Mazur person from Mazovia, a historical region of eastern Poland
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Russian мазурку (mazurku), from Polish mazurek (“dance of the Masurian"), the Masurians being the inhabitants of Mazowsze (compare Medieval Latin Mazovia), an ancient cultural region in east-central Poland.
    From Wiktionary