Definition of contredanse in English:

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contredanse

Pronunciation: /ˈkäntrəˌdans/ /ˌkôNtrəˈdäNs/

noun (plural pronounced same)

1A French form of country dance, originating in the 18th century and related to the quadrille.
Example sentences
  • The contredanse is a French import, with origins in the court of King Louis XIV.
  • Again, it never achieved, in Louisiana, the popularity of the danse ronde, no doubt because many of the figures of the contredanse required an even number of couples.
  • Both forms of contredanse were performed in France until the Revolution at the end of the eighteenth century.
1.1A piece of music for a contredanse.
Example sentences
  • In France, where it was very popular, the contredanse became increasingly formalized during the 18th century, giving rise to contredanse suites by several composers including Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven.
  • Although the menuet was more flexible, the contredanse was firmly rooted in this ‘quadratic syntax.’
  • Each contredanse consists of a title page, a page for description of the figures, another for the floor plan, and a fourth page for the music…
1.2 another term for contradance.
Example sentences
  • Both the contredanse and the contradanza made their way to the Caribbean during the colonisation of the Americas, to the islands of Hispañola and Cuba.
  • In spite of the lack of beauty of the costumes, the contredanse made a good effect.

Origin

French, alteration of English country dance, by association with contre 'against, opposite'.

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Syllabification: con·tre·danse

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