from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A folk dance performed in two lines with the partners facing each other.
- n. The music for a contredanse.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A dance in which the partners are arranged face to face, or in opposite lines.
- n. The quadrille.
- n. A piece of music in the rhythm of such a dance.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a type of folk dance in which couples are arranged in sets or face one another in a line
- v. perform a contradance
The work's finale provides the second outing for a tune Beethoven was to employ four times, starting with an orchestra contredanse.
Lots of old white men perform a contredanse on both sides of the truth.
A corps de ballet of human women and men, dressed alike in bold magpie leotards, appeared as music struck up and began to lead the throng in elaborate contredanse patterns.
Flocks of old gulls, enormous as hens, fluttered with evolutions like a contredanse upon its glossy surface.
After the contredanse I went up to the mistress of the house, who displayed for the benefit of her guests a dazzling bosom and magnificent shoulders.
The French _contredanse_ was borrowed from the English ‘country-dance’.
The contredanse was an import into the French courts from English country dances, and it became a hugely popular dance in France of the 1700s.
These examples feature a contredanse ensemble called the Sosyete Viyolon (Violin Society) with a folk violin as the lead melodic instrument, backed by a small percussion ensemble.
This volume also explores another European survival, the music of Haitian contredanse.
Matinik performers dancing a form of contredanse, directed by a majè (major).