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Virginia reel

an American country dance in which the partners start by facing each other in two lines.
Origin of Virginia reel
An Americanism dating back to 1810-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • After they went upstairs some one proposed the Virginia reel.

    A Little Girl of Long Ago Amanda Millie Douglas
  • Then Blatchford called for "Virginia reel," and we raced and chased through that.

  • Standing near him, I made bold to inquire if he could play the "Virginia reel."

    Twelve Years a Slave Solomon Northup
  • After this everybody took partners and danced the reel, what we call the "Virginia reel," up and down the big hall.

    Our Little Scotch Cousin

    Blanche McManus
  • The homely viands were eaten with decided enjoyment, and afterward even old Mr. Irving joined in the Virginia reel.

    Betty's Happy Year Carolyn Wells
  • The waltz was unknown, and the figures varied from the “hoe down” to the cotillion, closing always with the “Virginia reel.”

    The Old Pike Thomas B. Searight
British Dictionary definitions for Virginia reel

Virginia reel

an American country dance
music written for or in the manner of this dance
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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