Definition of rain dance in English:

rain dance

Translate rain dance into Spanish


  • A ritual dance to summon rain, associated in particular with some North American Indian peoples and other indigenous groups.

    ‘The rain dance from the American Indians certainly worked, as on Friday afternoon there was a terrific downpour.’
    • ‘In Izalco, the period between Christmas and the Feast of the Epiphany is celebrated with nightly processions and Jeu Jeu, an Amerindian rain dance.’
    • ‘After lunch with the Mayor and Shire President, I duly performed my rain dance in a parched field before some sceptical farmers, interested but cautious Aboriginal Elders, and the TV3 camera crew.’
    • ‘She said: ‘I carry out an annual rain dance around the time of the race and we all just pray that the conditions are going to be right.’’
    • ‘Maybe if I did a rain dance, it would start raining, and I'd forget.’
    • ‘As an entire nation prays for more rain, a group of nomadic women performs a rain dance, but even they know that a country cannot survive on hope alone.’
    • ‘As was widely expected amongst the cricket fraternity, the drawing of pretty white lines upon grass is very similar to a rain dance.’
    • ‘Early people learned how to make fire and modify their micro-environments; rain dances and other rituals to alleviate droughts are part of our folklore.’
    • ‘He lies about the rain which fell just after my rain dances in both New Zealand and Australia.’
    • ‘Many cultural traditions such as rain dances were, after all, just unsuccessful attempts at science.’


rain dance

/ˈrān ˌdans/ /ˈreɪn ˌdæns/