from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A lively jumping quickstep for two couples.
- n. Music for this dance, usually in rapid duple meter.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A quickstep dance for two people.
- n. The music for this dance.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A gay, lively dance for one couple, -- said to have been borrowed from Provence in France.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A lively dance for one couple, characterized by a peculiar jumping step. It probably originated in Provence. It was very popular in England in the seventeenth century.
- n. Music for such a dance, the rhythm being usually duple (occasionally sextuple) and quick.
- n. Formerly, in the French army, a beat of drum while men condemned to be shelled were, previous to their punishment, paraded up and down the ranks.
French rigaudon, possibly from the name Rigaud.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French rigaudon. (Wiktionary)