Definition of eightsome in English:


(also eightsome reel)


  • A lively Scottish dance for eight people.

    • ‘Exiled clansmen and their ladies danced the eightsome reel, the military two-step and slow Scottish waltzes to the music of a bag-piper.’
    • ‘Forget all about rowdy post-wedding dances where an eightsome is an excuse to throw women around, reels are danced energetically but correctly.’
    • ‘I've even done the odd eightsome reel, which is as close as anyone should get to folk dancing.’
    • ‘St Andrew's Day looms and expatriate Scots are turning their thoughts to home, eightsome reels and sheep intestines.’
    • ‘Improving muscle tone also works wonders, so keep up the eightsome reels.’