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con·tre·dansealso con·tre·dance or con·tra·dance or con·tra·danse (kŏn′trə-dăns′)
1. A folk dance performed in two lines with the partners facing each other.
2. The music for this dance.
[French, alteration (influenced by contre-, opposite) of English country-dance.]
1. (Dancing) a courtly Continental version of the English country dance, similar to the quadrille
2. (Music, other) music written for or in the rhythm of this dance
[C19: from French, changed from English country dance; country altered to French contre (opposite) by folk etymology (because the dancers face each other)]
con•tre•danse(ˈkɒn trəˌdæns, -ˌdɑns; Fr. kɔ̃ˈtrədɑ̃s) ,
n., pl. -dans•es (-ˌdæn sɪz, -ˌdɑn-; Fr. -ˈdɑ̃s)
1. a quadrille in which the dancers face each other.
2. music for such a dance.
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|Noun||1.||contredanse - a type of folk dance in which couples are arranged in sets or face one another in a line|
folk dance, folk dancing - a style of dancing that originated among ordinary people (not in the royal courts)
longways, longways dance - country dancing performed with couples in two long lines facing each other
do-si-do - a square-dance figure; two dancers approach each other and circle back to back before returning to their original places
promenade - a square dance figure; couples march counterclockwise in a circle
sashay - a square dance figure; partners circle each other taking sideways steps
swing - a square dance figure; a pair of dancers join hands and dance around a point between them
landler - a moderately slow Austrian country dance in triple time; involves spinning and clapping
|Verb||1.||contredanse - perform a contradance|