contredanse

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v contredanse perform a contradance
    • n contredanse a type of folk dance in which couples are arranged in sets or face one another in a line
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Contredanse A dance in which the partners are arranged face to face, or in opposite lines.
    • Contredanse (Music) A piece of music in the rhythm of such a dance.
    • Contredanse The quadrille.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. contredanse,fr. E. Country-dance).

Usage

In literature:

Prince Carloman was our vis-a-vis, and Prince Pepin danced the same CONTREDANSE.
"The Book of Snobs" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Flocks of old gulls, enormous as hens, fluttered with evolutions like a contredanse upon its glossy surface.
"The Dead Command" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
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