• WordNet 3.6
    • v country-dance perform a contradance
    • n country-dance 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
  • Interesting fact: Many hundreds of years ago when the well-known style of Irish dancing began in the country side of Ireland, most houses of the poor - and that means most houses - only had a dirt floor which was not a lot of use for dancing on if you were holding a ceildh (pronounced kay-lee and meaning party - more or less). So in order to make the dancing easier the owners of the house which was holding the party would take the doors off their hinges and lay them on the floor. There was just enough room on each door for two people to dance, providing they did not fling their arms about - hence the original name for Irish dancing - Door Dancing.
    • n Country-dance See Contradance. "He had introduced the English country-dance to the knowledge of the Dutch ladies."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n country-dance A dance in which the partners are arranged opposite each other in lines, and dance in couples down the lines and back to their original places.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Country-dance a dance practised by country people: a dance in which an indefinite number of couples can take part, the gentlemen being arranged at the commencement on one side, and the ladies on the other
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prob. an adaptation of contradance,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr., contrée—Low L. contrata, contrada, an extension of L. contra, over against.


In literature:

Compare for instance their country dances with ours.
"Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland" by Joseph Tatlow
And he saw in it a long country lane, a lane of waving leaves and dancing sunshine.
"The Nigger Of The "Narcissus" A Tale Of The Forecastle" by Joseph Conrad
Arriving at the country store the dance was already under full headway.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
From this dance room a great revival spread throughout that part of the country.
"The Kentucky Ranger" by Edward T. Curnick
Thursday I danc'd a minuet & country dances at school, after which I drank tea with aunt Storer.
"Diary of Anna Green Winslow" by Anna Green Winslow
It's a Russian folk-dance my mother taught me the first year we were in this country.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
Just at that very time a country squire was courting the eldest, whose acquaintance he had made at last year's dances.
"A Hungarian Nabob" by Maurus Jókai
Who wanted to eat just before going to a real, country barn-dance?
"The Corner House Girls at School" by Grace Brooks Hill
She knows the literature of her own country, draws correctly, sings with taste, and dances gracefully.
"Journal of a Voyage to Brazil" by Maria Graham
To the minuet succeeded a regular country-dance.
"Hurricane Hurry" by W.H.G. Kingston

In poetry:

An' aften, an' aften hae I gaen doon
A country dance wi' glee,
For a stout, stout fiddler led us oot—
Lang shankit Gibby Fea.
"The Fiddler O' Boglebriggs" by Alexander Anderson
But up got the lads and lasses
With many a merry glance;
And down went they all through the mazes
Of the dear old country dance.
"We Danced At Night In The Farm House" by Alexander Anderson
He plays strathspeys, an' reels, an' jigs,
Like ane at a country fair;
But never a lad or a lass daur gang
To dance to the music there.
"The Fiddler O' Boglebriggs" by Alexander Anderson
An' wha like him could start a reel,
Or country dance in barn or ha'?
It weel was kent through a' the toon
That Willie Stewart beat them a'.
"Blythe Willie Stewart" by Alexander Anderson
There was no Arab dancing at the wedding
Or Arab food.
Or Arab singing.
Or Arab shame
The sons of the country were absent from the wedding parade.
"The Hasteners" by Nizar Qabbani
Much we loved his stories told
Of a country strange and old,
Where the fairies danced till dawn,
And the goblin Leprecaun
Looked, we thought, like Morrison.
"Abram Morrison" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Seventy Five Dance Club members have party at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club.
You may know her from Dancing With The Stars or maybe her debut self-titled country album.
Hundreds of theater and dance companies across the country.
There will be dining, dancing and fun Egyptian luxury to enjoy at the Willow Brook Country Club.
"Columbia in its Salsa," performed with the Mestizo Dance Company and Harold Gutierrez and his Band, will showcase the South American country's salsa side for five weeks.
An expert on the Midwest house music scene, Chrissy Murderbot began DJing in Chicago in 1995 and has since dominated dance floors at over 400 events in more than 15 countries.
All Saints ' Parish opens the doors at 6 pm Friday for a dance at 7:30 pm with Rutherford Country providing the music.
If you want to get on the dance floor, this is your step by step guide to the seven beginner line dances that will keep you on the dance floor at every big GNA country dance party.
Schools in other areas of the country have reportedly cancelled dances, and some students in other cities have held protests against policies that ban grinding .
Conditions at Montrose Co. Get the news you need to know before you go out the door with the 11 News Morning Show weekdays from 5 to 7 a.m. Grand Junction, Colo. (KKCO) – Tuesday night will be the last dance for a local country hangout .
I host some of the biggest country dance parties in the Northeast, and people are often asking me for the latest line dance steps.
Connecticut's Paula Frohn And Michael Silva Featured At Saratoga Country Dance Fest.
On April 21st and 22nd, a few of the Northeast's best known Country Line and Couples Dance instructors are headed to the annual Country Dance Fest at Saratoga Music Hall.
This slow -dance country ballad off Sticky Fingers is about co-songwriter Keith Richards really not wanting to leave his two-month-old son behind to go on tour: hence the chorus "Wild horses couldn't drag me away".
'Dancing with the Stars: All Stars' recap, Elimination after Country Night.