Definition of Scottish country dance in English:

Scottish country dance


  • Any of various traditional Scottish dances, as a jig, reel, or strathspey, especially one in which a number of couples follow a designated figure or pattern using choreographed steps, so that the leading couple return to the head of the formation at the end of the sequence; an event at which such dancing takes place; (also, as a mass noun) this type of dancing as a genre.


Early 19th century; earliest use found in Robert Heron (1764–1807), journalist and author.