Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A dance of Czech origin with turning, leaping waltz steps.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A Bohemian dance of two kinds, one in triple time, like a waltz, the other in two-four time, like a polka. The former is most in use.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A Bohemian dance, which has two forms—the rejdowák, resembling the waltz or the mazurka, and the rejdowachka, resembling the polka.
  • n. Music for such a dance or in its rhythm, which is properly triple and quick, but in another form is duple, and readily assimilated to that of the polka.

Etymologies

Via French. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "Now I 'm going to get Sherry, or some of the fellows that do the redowa well, so you can have a real good go before the music stops."

    An Old-Fashioned Girl

  • Maud happened to be playing a redowa up in the parlor, and

    An Old-Fashioned Girl

  • I 'm going to begin with a redowa, because the girls like it, and it 's better fun than square dances.

    An Old-Fashioned Girl

  • Of these, the best known, which I might mention, are the tarantella of the Neapolitans, the bolero and fandango of the Spaniards, the mazurka and cracovienna of Poland, the cosack of Russia, the redowa of Bohemia, the quadrille and cotillion of France, the waltz, polka and gallopade of Germany, the reel and sword dance of Scotland, the minuet and hornpipe of England, the jig of Ireland, and the last to capture America is the tango.

    The Wonder Island Boys: The Tribesmen

  • The polka redowa and the polka mazourka are modifications of this step to different times.

    Manners and Social Usages

  • There was the streaming of lamps and chandeliers, the swell of enchanting music, the whirl of the fascinating polka, redowa or mazurka, while throngs of richly attired and lovely women were constantly enhancing the magnificence of the scene by their arrival.

    Edmond Dantès

  • For twenty-five cents I have seen a man at the circus do something more wonderful, -- make a very living bay horse dance a redowa round the amphitheatre on his (it occurs to me that _hind-legs_ is indelicate) posterior extremities to the wayward music of an out-of-town (_Scotice_, out-o'-toon) band.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 06, No. 38, December, 1860

  • Ashburner had seen Edwards driving a magnificent trotter about Oldport, but could not exactly fancy him outside of a horse, and conjectured that he would not make quite so good a figure as when leading the redowa down

    The International Monthly, Volume 2, No. 4, March, 1851

  • Ashburner made a calculation that, counting in the serenades, the inhabitants of Oldport were edified by waltz, polka, and redowa music (in those days the _Schottisch_ was not), eleven hours out of the twenty-four, daily.

    The International Monthly, Volume 2, No. 4, March, 1851

  • She showed him her ball book with demure satisfaction when he strolled instead of rushed up to claim her for the next, a glorious polka redowa.

    Little Women

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