[ kahr-muhn-yohl; French kar-ma-nyawl ]

noun,plural car·ma·gnoles [kahr-muhn-yohlz; French kar-ma-nyawl]. /ˌkɑr mənˈyoʊlz; French kar maˈnyɔl/.
  1. a dance and song popular during the French Revolution.

  2. a man's loose jacket with wide lapels and metal buttons, worn during the French Revolution.

  1. the costume of the French revolutionists, consisting chiefly of this jacket, black pantaloons, and a red liberty cap.

Origin of carmagnole

1790–1800; <French, after the name of a ceremonial jacket worn by peasants of Dauphiné and Savoy, named after Carmagnola, town in Piedmont, Italy

Words Nearby carmagnole Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use carmagnole in a sentence

  • Had their cherished plans then, been overheard by this fierce little Republican who danced the carmagnole and sang the "Ça ira!"

    When a Cobbler Ruled a King | Augusta Huiell Seaman
  • But, in truth, the tree was too lofty to have a red cap placed on its top, or a carmagnole danced beneath it.

  • Instantly, all the rest fell to dancing, and the courtyard overflowed with the carmagnole.

    A Tale of Two Cities | Charles Dickens
  • In the distance his footsteps grew faint, while for a time the gay chorus of the carmagnole told of his passage.

    In the Name of Liberty | Owen Johnson
  • This combination of revolutionary lyrics—Ça Ira and carmagnole—was chanted fervidly.

    Visionaries | James Huneker

British Dictionary definitions for carmagnole


/ (ˌkɑːmənˈjəʊl, French karmaɲɔl) /

  1. a dance and song popular during the French Revolution

  2. the costume worn by many French Revolutionaries, consisting of a short jacket with wide lapels, black trousers, a red liberty cap, and a tricoloured sash

Origin of carmagnole

C18: from French, probably named after Carmagnola, Italy, taken by French Revolutionaries in 1792

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