noun, plural dis·cos.

  1. discotheque.
  2. a style of popular music for dancing, usually recorded and with complex electronic instrumentation, in which simple, repetitive lyrics are subordinated to a heavy, pulsating, rhythmic beat.
  3. any of various forms of dance, often improvisational, performed to such music.


  1. of or relating to a disco or disco music.
  2. intended for a disco or its patrons.

verb (used without object), dis·coed, dis·co·ing.

  1. to dance disco, especially at a discotheque.

  1. a combining form representing disk or disc in compound words: discifloral.
  2. a combining form meaning “phonograph record”, used in the formation of compound words: discography.

noun plural -cos

    1. an occasion at which typically young people dance to amplified pop records, usually compered by a disc jockey and featuring special lighting effects
    2. (as modifier)disco dancing
  1. a nightclub or other public place where such dances take place
  2. mobile equipment, usually accompanied by a disc jockey who operates it, for providing music for a disco
    1. a type of dance music designed to be played in discos, with a solid thump on each beat
    2. (as modifier)a disco record

1964, American English shortening of discotheque; sense extended by 1972 to the kind of music played there.


  1. Disk:discoid.

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