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[rig-uh-doon] /ˌrɪg əˈdun/
a lively dance, formerly popular, for one couple, characterized by a jumping step and usually in quick duple meter.
a piece of music for this dance or in its rhythm.
Also, rigaudon, rigodon [rig-uh-don] /ˌrɪg əˈdɒn/ (Show IPA).
Origin of rigadoon
1685-95; < French rigaudon, perhaps from name Rigaud Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • At that moment it was his turn to figure in the rigodon, and he went off with Emilita.

    The Grandee Armando Palacio Valds
  • The first and also the last number of every Filipino dance of any formality is the “rigodon.”

    An Epoch in History P. H. Eley
  • After most of the guests had arrived, there was a rigodon of honour, in which all took part.

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

    The Grandee Armando Palacio Valds
British Dictionary definitions for rigodon


an old Provençal couple dance, light and graceful, in lively duple time
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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