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country-dance

[kuhn-tree-dans, -dahns]
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noun
  1. a dance of rural English origin in which the dancers form circles or squares or in which they face each other in two rows.
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Origin of country-dance

First recorded in 1570–80
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Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • She replied that Henry Harford had engaged her, at the last ball, for this country-dance.

    Stories for Helen

    Eliza Leslie