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[rig-uh-doon] /ˌrɪg əˈdun/
a lively dance, formerly popular, for one couple, characterized by a jumping step and usually in quick duple meter.
a piece of music for this dance or in its rhythm.
Also, rigaudon, rigodon [rig-uh-don] /ˌrɪg əˈdɒn/ (Show IPA).
Origin of rigadoon
1685-95; < French rigaudon, perhaps from name Rigaud Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for rigadoon
Historical Examples
  • And the Doctor looked as if he should like to rigadoon and sashy across as well as the young one he was talkin' about.

    Elsie Venner Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • Arm in arm, their sabots clogging, they did a rigadoon down the winding road.

    The Ten-foot Chain Achmed Abdullah
  • She would dance you a rigadoon or cut a pigeon's wing for you very respectably.

    The Poet at the Breakfast Table Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • To build a city he had only to play a rigadoon and a minuet; but the other hero destroyed them by the sound of rams' horns.

    Voltaire's Romances Franois-Marie Arouet
  • The dance itself is nothing; it might as well be called a rigadoon or a Sailor's Hornpipe, so far as the steps go.

British Dictionary definitions for rigadoon


an old Provençal couple dance, light and graceful, in lively duple time
a piece of music for or in the rhythm of this dance
Word Origin
C17: from French, allegedly from its inventor Rigaud, a dancing master at Marseille
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