dos-à-dos

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

French phrase dos-à-dos back to back, from dos back, from Latin dorsum, back, and à, to, from Latin ad, to.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

dos-à-dos m

  1. (literally) Back to back
  2. a move in square dancing in which two dancers face each other, then step forward and left until they have right shoulders adjacent, then move to a position where they are back to back, then move to have left shoulders adjacent, then return to facing each other.

Usage notes[edit]

Square dancing is called in English everywhere except in parts of French Canada. The term in calling in English is spelled several ways, including Dos a Dos, Dosado, Do-Sa-Do, Dosido, Do-Si-Do. Note that none of these is quite the same as the original French phrase.

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