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.
  • 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


French, alteration (influenced by French contre-, opposite, and from Latin contrā-, contra-) of English country-dance.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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