Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. [capitalized] A popular dance and song among republicans in the first French revolution.
- n. A garment and costume worn in France during the revolution, and considered as identified with the revolutionary party. The name first became known in 1792 as that of the coat worn by the Marseillese in Paris, and generally adopted by the revolutionists, having short clinging skirts, a broad collar and lapels, and several rows of buttons. It was afterward extended to a costume, comprising in addition large black woolen pantaloons, a red cap, and a tricolored girdle. The name of the song and dance was taken from that of the garment.
- n. The wearer of such a dress; any violent revolutionist.
- n. A bombastic report of the successes and glories of the French arms during the revolutionary wars; hence, any bombastic address or document.
- n. A popular or Red Republican song and dance, of the time of the first French Revolution.
- n. archaic A bombastic report from the French armies.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A popular or Red Rebublican song and dance, of the time of the first French Revolution.
- n. A bombastic report from the French armies.
- French (Wiktionary)
“The carmagnole of the French Revolution is a derivative.”
“My OED also mentions the carmagnole as a peasant jacket, and additionally, from the encyclopedia: The farandole is an open-chain community dance popular in the County of Nice, France.”
“Now the robbers wore national guard costumes and sang the carmagnole, so the sentinel took them for patriots and went inside.”
“How much the greatest event it is that ever happened in the world," cried Fox, with the exaggeration of a man ready to dance the carmagnole, "and how much the best!”
“Amongst the personages of a lower class, the most prominent is Toussaint Gilles, landlord of the Cheval Patriote, and son of one of the revolutionary butchers of the Reign of Terror; a furious republican, who wears a _carmagnole_ and a red cap, inherits his father's hatred of the vile aristocrats, and prides himself on his principles, and on a truculent and immeasurable mustache.”
“Congress; when the howling crowd had danced its mad _carmagnole_ and its vulgar echoes had died into distance, then Washington society was itself again.”
“This specimen was from Throgg's Neck, and danced the carmagnole in concentric circles all by himself, twisting in and out between the waltzers evidently with the feeling that he was the "whole show," and that the other dancers were merely accessories to the draught he made, and followed in his wake.”
“A muscular man in a carmagnole swinging a formidable axe pushed forward and the others fell back at his rough order.”
“The incomers were the President and heads of the Commune of Paris, each arrayed in his tricolor _carmagnole_, red bonnet, and great sabre.”
“Salute the President of the Commune, you ----" Before him was a short man in carmagnole and sabre, whom the other prisoners eyed with resentment and alarm.”
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