Definition of contredanse in English:
noun (plural pronounced same)
1A French form of country dance, originating in the 18th century and related to the quadrille.
- 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.
French, alteration of English country dance, by association with contre 'against, opposite'.
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