Meaning of “cancan” in the English Dictionary


"cancan" in English

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cancannoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkæn.kæn/ us /ˈkæn.kæn/

Examples from literature

  • But, says my friend, ready to surrender, yet taking a last chance, "you told me they were dancing the cancan!" 
  • In the midst of the uproar, several couples danced the cancan till the chandeliers shook with it. 
  • They formed up, in perfect silence, in two lines, facing each other between us and the fire, and then the dance—a sort of infernal and fiendish cancan—began. 
  • Yes, he said, "they're going to dance the cancan—she's going to lead it." 

(Definition of “cancan” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)