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rigadoon

[rig-uh-doon] /ˌrɪg əˈdun/
noun
1.
a lively dance, formerly popular, for one couple, characterized by a jumping step and usually in quick duple meter.
2.
a piece of music for this dance or in its rhythm.
Also, rigaudon, rigodon [rig-uh-don] /ˌrɪg əˈdɒn/ (Show IPA).
Origin of rigadoon
1685-1695
1685-95; < French rigaudon, perhaps from name Rigaud
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Examples from the Web for rigodon
Historical Examples
  • The first and also the last number of every Filipino dance of any formality is the “rigodon.”

    An Epoch in History

    P. H. Eley
  • At that moment it was his turn to figure in the rigodon, and he went off with Emilita.

    The Grandee

    Armando Palacio Valds
  • But the rigodon was over and the little group was augmented by the arrival of several other couples.

    The Grandee

    Armando Palacio Valds
  • After most of the guests had arrived, there was a rigodon of honour, in which all took part.

British Dictionary definitions for rigodon

rigadoon

/ˌrɪɡəˈduːn/
noun
1.
an old Provençal couple dance, light and graceful, in lively duple time
2.
a piece of music for or in the rhythm of this dance
Word Origin
C17: from French, allegedly from its inventor Rigaud, a dancing master at Marseille
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