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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ She plays waltzes, mazurkas, marches and hymns.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Mazourka \Ma*zour"ka\, Mazurka \Ma*zur"ka\, n. A Polish dance, or the music which accompanies it, usually in 3-4 or 3-8 measure, with a strong accent on the second beat.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

lively dance, also mazourka, 1818, from Russian mazurka, from Polish mazurek "dance of the Mazur," a reference to inhabitants of Mazowsze (Medieval Latin Mazovia), ancient region in central Poland. The Polish accusative in tańczyć mazurka "to dance the mazurek" was interpreted in Russian as a feminine affix, hence the -ka ending.


n. 1 (context music English) A Polish folk dance in triple time, usually moderately fast, containing a heavy accent on the third beat and occasionally the second beat. 2 (context music English) A classical musical composition inspired by the folk dance and conforming in some respects to its form, particularly as popularized by Chopin.

  1. n. music composed for dancing the mazurka

  2. a Polish national dance in triple time


The mazurka (in Polishmazurek, pluralmazurki) is a Polish folk dance in triple meter, usually at a lively tempo, and with "strong accents unsystematically placed on the second or third beat."

Mazurka (disambiguation)

Mazurka is a Polish folk dance in triple meter.

Mazurka may also refer to:

  • A number of musical compositions, including:
    • Mazurkas (Chopin), written by Frédéric Chopin
    • Dąbrowski's Mazurka, the national anthem of Poland
  • Mazurka (film), 1935 German drama film
  • Operation Mazurka, Australian Defence Force's contribution to the Multinational Force and Observers
  • "Mazurka" is a variant of toe loop jump in figure skating
Mazurka (film)

Mazurka is a 1935 German drama film directed by Willi Forst and starring Pola Negri, Albrecht Schoenhals and Ingeborg Theek. A woman is put on trial for murdering a predatory musician. It takes its name from the Mazurka, a Polish folk dance.

Warner Brothers Studios acquired the U.S. distribution rights but shelved the film in favor of its own scene-by-scene 1937 English language remake, Confession, which starred Kay Francis.

Usage examples of "mazurka".

Natasha, who was exceptionally graceful, was first, even danced the pas de chale, but at this last ball only the ecossaise, the anglaise, and the mazurka, which was just coming into fashion, were danced.

Denisov, flushed after the mazurka and mopping himself with his handkerchief, sat down by Natasha and did not leave her for the rest of the evening.

Helene, not having a suitable partner, herself offered to dance the mazurka with Boris.

As the mazurka began, Boris saw that Adjutant General Balashev, one of those in closest attendance on the Emperor, went up to him and contrary to court etiquette stood near him while he was talking to a Polish lady.

All the time Boris was going through the figures of the mazurka, he was worried by the question of what news Balashev had brought and how he could find it out before others.

A disgusting engineer named Anisimov robbed me of the mazurka with her--to this day I cannot forgive him.

I was not nominally her partner for the mazurka, I did as a matter of fact dance nearly the whole time with her.

The musicians kept playing the same mazurka tunes over and over again in desperate exhaustion--you know what it is towards the end of a ball.

I chose her again for the mazurka, and for the hundredth time we danced across the room.

My heart had been full of song, and I had heard in imagination the tune of the mazurka, but this was very harsh music.

I showed them the polka and the mazurka, which instantly became popular.

Okoitz had never heard of a polka or a mazurka, let alone a waltz, but people contented themselves with enthusiastically jumping up and down.

He could dance a dozen new steps, and I thrilled to be in his arms for his waltz, his mazurka, and his polka.

The piano at the foot of the staircase clanged through a mazurka with brazen impetuosity, as though a vulgar and impudent ghost were showing off.

The mazurka came to an end, and already some of the guests were saying good-bye to Grandmamma.