Also found in: Wikipedia.


 (rĭg′ə-do͞on′) or ri·gau·don (rē-gô-dōN′) also rig·o·don (rĭg′ə-dŏn′)
1. A lively jumping quickstep for two couples, usually in rapid duple meter.
2. The music for this dance.

[French rigaudon, rigodon, of unknown origin.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


(ˌrɪɡəˈduːn) or


1. (Dancing) an old Provençal couple dance, light and graceful, in lively duple time
2. (Music, other) a piece of music for or in the rhythm of this dance
[C17: from French, allegedly from its inventor Rigaud, a dancing master at Marseille]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014


(ˌrɪg əˈdun)

1. a dance of the 17th and 18th centuries in quick duple meter.
2. music for this dance.
[1685–95; < French rigaudon, perhaps from the surname Rigaud]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
Mentioned in ?
References in classic literature ?
Like travellers through a mist: They mocked the moon in a rigadoon
"Alice, dance." --and dance she would, not in such court-like measures as she had learned abroad, but Some high-paced jig, or hop-skip rigadoon, befitting the brisk lasses at a rustic merry-making.
RIGADOON A Lively jig-like dance for a couple B Most forward sail of a ship C Drunken sailor who am I?
They glided past, they glided fast, Like travelers through a mist: They mocked the moon in a rigadoon Of delicate turn and twist, And with formal pace and loathsome grace The phantoms kept their tryst.
I'm 72 now and take care of this wonderful place (Rigadoon Homestead) by myself, so you can understand my situation here.
It is sung in a distinctly Acadian French to the traditional sound of the fiddle and a rigadoon beat, until it is brought to a close with a satirical twist.
in 1955, Ballets without Music, without Dancers, without Anything in 1957, and the wartime trilogy Castle to Castle, North, and Rigadoon. He published the first two segments of the trilogy between 1957 and 1960.
the ladies the Minuet, Rigadoon and Loure with country dances; the gentlemen the Minuet, the Hornpipe or comic dances ...' (Newcastle Journal, 17 June).
One evening a couple of years ago, my wife and I were channel-surfing and we happened to pause for no good reason at that odious "game show," The Weakest Link, a hideous electronic rigadoon that rewarded the least moronic of a sextet of ignoramuses with enough money for him or her to get a lobotomy, and there stands an extremely pretty, well-turned-out young woman in an expensive suit.
ALAN DEMPSEY came in for the plaudits after transforming reluctant hero Rigadoon into the winner of the novice handicap chase.
Easterby can also strike with Rigadoon in the St Modwen Amateur Riders' Handicap Chase.
And in the case of a writer like Celine, who constantly staged himself as his own hero in his later works such as those epics in persecution, North and Rigadoon, it is not certain that one can speak of fiction in any clear sense.