from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A French dance, named from the position of the dancers (originally only two), who stand opposite one another.
- n. A musical composition in duple or sextuple rhythm, and divided into strains of 8 measures each, suitable for such a dance.
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As the evening advanced, the commander-in-chief, yielding to the general gaiety of the scene, went down some dozen couples in the contre-dance with great spirit and satisfaction. "