Via German and Russian мазурка (mazurka), 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.
- Rhymes: -ɜː(r)kə
mazurka (plural mazurkas)
- (music) A Polish folk dance in triple time, usually moderately fast, containing a heavy accent on the third beat and occasionally the second beat.
- (music) A classical musical composition inspired by the folk dance and conforming in some respects to its form, particularly as popularized by Chopin.
- mazurka (Polish dance)