dos-à-dos

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From dos (back), from Latin dorsum (back), and à (to), from Latin ad (to).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

dos-à-dos

  1. (literally) back to back

Noun[edit]

dos-à-dos m

  1. 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 used when 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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