• WordNet 3.6
    • n cancan a high-kicking dance of French origin performed by a female chorus line
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cancan A rollicking French dance, accompanied by indecorous or extravagant postures and gestures.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cancan A kind of dance performed in low resorts by men and women, who indulge in extravagant postures and lascivious gestures; hence, a quadrille or a similar dance performed in this manner.
    • cancan To perform the dance known as the cancan (which see).
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary


In literature:

Still there are cancans at Paris; and cancans we overheard, and precisely in the manner I have related.
"Autobiography of a Pocket-Hankerchief" by James Fenimore Cooper
It's bad that that chap in the grey trousers should dare to dance the cancan so openly.
"The Possessed" by Fyodor Dostoevsky
They dance the Demon Cancan, waving their torches and scattering the flames.
"Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 6, May 7, 1870" by Various
Meanwhile, the young men were waiting for the cancan.
"The Reign of Greed" by Jose Rizal
CANCAN, the name of an ungraceful and indecent dance practised in the Paris dancing saloons.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
The women who disport in the cancan at the same place are simply hired by the season.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 15, No. 90, June, 1875" by Various
Cancan, the, 118. iv.
"Our Fathers Have Told Us" by John Ruskin
One young woman startles the crowd by announcing that she will dance the cancan for half a dollar.
"Danger! A True History of a Great City's Wiles and Temptations" by William Howe
Let it dance the cancan!
"Sentimental Education, Volume II" by Gustave Flaubert
We'll dance a cancan on her parlor table.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
Jutht becauth I like to put a little grath into my danthing, it dothn't follow that I danth the cancan.
"Monsieur Cherami" by Charles Paul de Kock
I did not learn the cancan, but I did learn the fandango, the czardas, and the Highland fling, with many another national dance.
"'O Thou, My Austria!'" by Ossip Schubin
They're probably dancing the cancan there.
"Frédérique; vol. 1" by Charles Paul de Kock
Immediately Toots danced a wild cancan of delight.
"Frank Merriwell's Alarm" by Burt L. Standish
As yet, the two little women had ventured upon nothing more than permissible cancan steps.
"Paul and His Dog, v.1 (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume XIII)" by Charles Paul de Kock
I'm rather good at the cancan.
"The Bashful Lover (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume XIX)" by Charles Paul de Kock

In news:

Women's Boxing: Esparza vs Cancan.
Cancan Red was awarded a 10-8 points decision.
The Cancan Kickback exercise works your triceps, abs, hips, and legs.
Watch Cancan Kickback in the Fitness Magazine Video.
Women's Boxing: Esparza vs Cancan .
Cancan Red was awarded a 10-8 points decision.
Moulin Rouge, taking its name from the fin de siecle Paris nightclub that popularized the cancan and absinthe-soaked decadence, is a gorgeous folly.
Cancan Chu / Getty Images.
Would the department store fliers, women's underwear catalogues and circulars advertising ShopRite "cancan" days make it into the mailboxes of East New York that day.
POSTMEDIA NEWS Guests are welcomed to Dawson City by a waving cancan girl, bringing to mind ?good-time girl?
Moulin Rouge , taking its name from the fin de siecle Paris nightclub that popularized the cancan and absinthe-soaked decadence, is a gorgeous folly.
Photo by Cancan Chu/Getty Images.