American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A folk dance of English origin in which two lines of dancers face each other.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A dance in which the partners are arranged opposite each other in lines, and dance in couples down the lines and back to their original places.
- n. A dance carried out in the countryside, or by country people; used as a generic name for many native British dances, especially where partners face each other in a long line.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. See contradance.
- n. a type of folk dance in which couples are arranged in sets or face one another in a line
- v. perform a contradance
- From country + dance. Compare contre-dance. (Wiktionary)
“The "Una Schottische" was as vivid and lighthearted as the tunes of Oklahoma! almost a century later, and like that music possessed a charming country-dance or outdoor air; it was a work of happy enthusiasm that made it ideally suited for the band concerts that once accompanied ball games.”
“I remained silent and rebuked, she bowed her head more graciously, and said, ‘Not to affront you, however, a country-dance, if you please.’”
“The Aggie Wranglers, an American country-dance group in tight jeans, perform athletic down-home dances for the hundreds of assembled guests, eliciting whoops from the Texan visitors and bemused applause from the Arab hosts.”
“I had the honour to dance a country-dance with the lady of Mount”
“Scully, trembling, thrust forward one of his huge kid-gloves, and led her to the head of the country-dance.”
““You see that I am scarcely fit to lead off a country-dance with you,” said”
“Pursuant to the plan which they projected for this purpose, the first country-dance was no sooner concluded, than one of them, with his partner, took place of Peregrine and his mistress, contrary to the regulation of the ball.”
“Mary Burge by Adam; and now the music struck up, and the glorious country-dance, best of all dances, began.”
“And all the time, the charming little country-dance of the allegro vivace.”
“And stepping into the middle of the hall she made a sign to the musicians to play a country-dance.”
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