Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A lively song and accompanying dance popular among radical republicans during the French Revolution.
  • noun A short jacket worn especially by French revolutionaries.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun [capitalized] A popular dance and song among republicans in the first French revolution.
  • noun A garment and costume worn in France during the revolution, and considered as identified with the revolutionary party.
  • noun The wearer of such a dress; any violent revolutionist.
  • noun A bombastic report of the successes and glories of the French arms during the revolutionary wars; hence, any bombastic address or document.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A popular or Red Rebublican song and dance, of the time of the first French Revolution.
  • noun A bombastic report from the French armies.

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  • noun A popular or Red Republican song and dance, of the time of the first French Revolution.
  • noun archaic A bombastic report from the French armies.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, from French dialectal (Dauphiné, Savoy) carmagniôla , a style of coat worn by peasants on formal occasions, probably after Carmagnola, a city in the Piedmont region of Italy.]

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French

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  • a song and wild dance of the reign of terror.

    January 6, 2007

  • Usage on soutane.

    March 14, 2009

  • Your dress and gesture bespoke your role

    And safest in those days was prole

    To retain your head

    For a cap of bright red

    While dancing a mad carmagnole.

    July 14, 2017