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1. A spirited circle dance of Provençal derivation.
2. The music for this dance.

[French, from Provençal farandoulo; akin to Spanish farándula, troupe of traveling comedians.]
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(ˈfærənˌdəʊl; French farɑ̃dɔl)
1. (Dancing) a lively dance in six-eight or four-four time from Provence
2. (Music, other) a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
[C19: from French, from Provençal farandoulo, of uncertain origin; compare Spanish farándula itinerant group of actors]
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(ˈfær ənˌdoʊl, ˌfær ənˈdoʊl)

a lively dance, of Provençal origin.
[1860–65; < French < Occitan farandoulo]
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Noun1.farandole - a lively dance from Provence; all the dancers join hands and execute various figures
folk dance, folk dancing - a style of dancing that originated among ordinary people (not in the royal courts)
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Farther still, distrustful peasants tried to kill him with pitchforks; in a stream he laid traps, bathed, dried off on the bank, and seeing him so beautiful, the washerwomen stopped rinsing their laundry and, chirping, stood up, leaning again as though they did not want to see, caryatids suddenly surrounded by a farandole of crazed fauns, bent over by the weight of the erect poem.