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

  • n. A spirited circle dance of Provençal derivation.
  • n. The music for this circle dance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A lively chain dance in 6/8 time, of Provençal origin.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A rapid dance in six-eight time in which a large number join hands and dance in various figures, sometimes moving from room to room. It originated in Provence.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a lively dance from Provence; all the dancers join hands and execute various figures


French, from Provençal farandoulo; akin to Spanish farándula, troupe of traveling comedians.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French farandole, from Occitan farandoulo. (Wiktionary)



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  • "The people rushed into each other's arms, and joining hands, an immense farandole a kind of dance, comprising everybody, without exception, spread throughout the town, into the fields, across the mountains of Ardèche, and towards the meadows of the Rhône; the wine flowed in the streets, tables were spread, provisions placed in common, and all the people are together in the evening, solemnizing this love-feast, and praising God."
    —Jules Michelet, quoted in Barbara Ehrenreich, Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy (New York: Henry Holt & Co., 2006), 193

    March 17, 2009