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[kuhn-tree-dans, -dahns] /ˈkʌn triˌdæns, -ˌdɑns/
a dance of rural English origin in which the dancers form circles or squares or in which they face each other in two rows.
Origin of country-dance
First recorded in 1570-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The French contredanse was borrowed from the English country-dance.

    English Past and Present Richard Chevenix Trench
  • The country-dance expresses the happiness of youth and the gladness of life.

    The Orange Girl

    Walter Besant
  • Everybody laughed, and we took our places to lead off the country-dance.

    The Chaplain of the Fleet

    Walter Besant and James Rice
  • She did not refuse him for the country-dance which followed, and soon after was his partner in a second.

    A Group of Noble Dames Thomas Hardy
  • She replied that Henry Harford had engaged her, at the last ball, for this country-dance.

    Stories for Helen Eliza Leslie
  • A country-dance was called, and the epicier claimed the fair hand of the gentle Adele.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Scully, trembling, thrust forward one of his huge kid-gloves, and led her to the head of the country-dance.

    The Bedford-Row Conspiracy William Makepeace Thackeray
  • The Miss Darnels and their partners took their places near the top of the country-dance.

    Pencil Sketches Eliza Leslie
  • It was a regular jig-a-jig—a country-dance of pousette, down the middle, and right and left.

    Olla Podrida Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
  • You are thrown on your back immediately; the conversation is stopt like a country-dance by those who do not know the figure.

    Conversation Mary Greer Conklin

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