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contradance

[kon-truh-dans, -dahns] /ˈkɒn trəˌdæns, -ˌdɑns/
noun
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Examples for contradance
  • It is not a contradance in which partners smile and curtsy and move seamlessly down the line.
British Dictionary definitions for contradance

contradance

/ˈkɒntrəˌdɑːns/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of contredanse

contredanse

/ˈkɒntrəˌdɑːns/
noun
1.
a courtly Continental version of the English country dance, similar to the quadrille
2.
music written for or in the rhythm of this dance
Word Origin
C19: from French, changed from English country dance; country altered to French contre (opposite) by folk etymology (because the dancers face each other)
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