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[far-uh n-dohl; French fa-rahn-dawl] /ˈfær ənˌdoʊl; French fa rɑ̃ˈdɔl/
noun, plural farandoles
[far-uh n-dohlz; French fa-rahn-dawl] /ˈfær ənˌdoʊlz; French fa rɑ̃ˈdɔl/ (Show IPA)
a lively dance, of Provençal origin, in which all the dancers join hands and execute various figures.
the music for this dance.
Origin of farandole
1860-65; < French < Provençal farandoulo, perhaps a conflation of b(a)randello with same sense, derivative of brandà to move, rock (< Germanic; see brandish) and flandrinà to dawdle, ultimately derivative of Flandres Flanders Unabridged
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  • Suddenly a long dancing line formed, a farandole, and it began to run and leap, growing at each twist and turn.

    The Enemies of Women Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • Inside the ballroom the orchestra was still playing the farandole.

    Lorraine Robert W. Chambers
  • At last we got on towards the end, and they began the farandole.

  • As in the dance called the farandole, where a number of people join bands and dance in a long line.

    Contes Franais Douglas Labaree Buffum
  • Then a bonfire was lit, and the peasants with garlands on their heads danced the farandole round it.

    A Spring Walk in Provence Archibald Marshall
  • It took the place of a master of ceremonies, our farandole, and acted as an excellent solvent of formalities.

  • When this rite was ended, the music shifted to a livelier key and straightway a farandole was formed.

British Dictionary definitions for farandole


/ˈfærənˌdəʊl; French farɑ̃dɔl/
a lively dance in six-eight or four-four time from Provence
a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Provençal farandoulo, of uncertain origin; compare Spanish farándula itinerant group of actors
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