- a solo dance of Middle Eastern origin, performed by a woman with midriff exposed, emphasizing movements of the pelvis and abdominal muscles.
- a sensuous and provocative dance of Middle Eastern origin, performed by women, with undulating movements of the hips and abdomen
- (intr) to perform such a dance
also bellydance, 1883, from belly (n.) + dance (n.), in later uses translating French danse du ventre. As a verb from 1963.