from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A lively jumping quickstep for two couples.
- n. Music for this dance, usually in rapid duple meter.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A quickstep dance for two people.
- n. The music for this dance.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A gay, lively dance for one couple, -- said to have been borrowed from Provence in France.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A lively dance for one couple, characterized by a peculiar jumping step. It probably originated in Provence. It was very popular in England in the seventeenth century.
- n. Music for such a dance, the rhythm being usually duple (occasionally sextuple) and quick.
- n. Formerly, in the French army, a beat of drum while men condemned to be shelled were, previous to their punishment, paraded up and down the ranks.
] [Footnote 341: The rigadoon was a dance for two persons.
It is as marvellous to see such conceited boors under the same roof with so courteous and amiable a damsel, as it would be to see one of their shaggy bears dance a rigadoon with a maiden like the daughter of our host.
The argument from Steve Jobs, Greg Reyes and dozens of others that they didn't understand the "accounting implications" of backdating certainly does tax credulity -- then why engage in the backdating rigadoon?
Meanwhile, wherever Mas'r Andersen might be, and whether he were so much as alive or not, Miss Agatha was not the one that knew; and Flor adapted many a rigadoon to her conjectured feelings, now swaying and bending with sorrow and longing, head fallen, arms outstretched, now hands clasped on bosom, exultant in welcome and possession.
I know not -- sixty-live shows with an ill-grace in a rigadoon, but for a minuet: well, well, St. Vitus strengthen me, and I accept thy challenge.
And the Doctor looked as if he should like to rigadoon and sashy across as well as the young one he was talkin 'about.
PHILIP DRUNK AND PHILIP SOBER: _ (Their lawnmowers purring with a rigadoon of grasshalms) _ Clever ever.
They fought like maddened cats, banging against the cabin walls, whirling in a crazy rigadoon to find an opening for their fists;
I recognized the man as Godfrey Cradlebow, the handsome fiddler's father, and the boy was none other than the imp whose eyes, scorching and defiant now, had first sent mocking glances back at me while their light-limbed owner kicked out a jaunty rigadoon from under the encircling folds of his sacerdotal vestments.
Young Etienne holds her hand by chance, 'Tis the first rigadoon they dance; With parted lips, right thirstily Each rustic tracks them as they fly, And the damsel sly Feels every eye, And lighter moves for each adoring glance.