Definition of contredanse in English:


Line breaks: contre|danse
Pronunciation: /ˈkɒntrədɑːns
, -dɒ̃s/

noun (plural pronunc. same)

  • 1A French form of country dance, originating in the 18th century and related to the quadrille.
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    • 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.
  • 1.1 another term for contradance.
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    • 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.


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

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