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.
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- 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
-- Borie used to amuse himself, and the inhabitants of Nismes, by dancing what he called a farandole round the Guillotine in his legislative costume.
A Residence in France During the Years 1792, 1793, 1794 and 1795, Complete Described in a Series of Letters from an English Lady: with General and Incidental Remarks on the French Character and Manners
Borie used to amuse himself, and the inhabitants of Nismes, by dancing what he called a farandole round the Guillotine in his legislative costume. ”
My OED also mentions the carmagnole as a peasant jacket, and additionally, from the encyclopedia: The farandole is an open-chain community dance popular in the County of Nice, France.
The farandole bears similarities to the gavotte, jig, and tarantella.
In saucy improvised couplets the troubadour called upon one and another to join the dancing, until before any one quite knew what was happening, the company in the lower hall was drawn into a winding lengthening line following the leaders in a sort of farandole.
Marie Antoinette once declared she had her most enjoyable time at a wild _farandole_ in the Royal Drummer.
A winding descent by little sheer hills, snakelike curving, in a repeating, involved rhythm like a farandole.
They move with perfect balance and remarkable grace, racing through a figure like a farandole.
Inside the ballroom the orchestra was still playing the farandole.
Cecil Page, she saw Sir Thorald proudly prancing to the air of the farandole; Betty Castlemaine, Jack, Alixe, Barbara Lisle passed the window only to re-pass and pass again in a whirl of gauze and filmy colour; and the swish! swish! swish! of silken petticoats, and the rub of little feet on the polished floor grew into a rhythmic, monotonous cadence, beating, beating the measure of the farandole.