[far-uh n-dohl; French fa-rahn-dawl]

noun, plural far·an·doles [far-uh n-dohlz; French fa-rahn-dawl] /ˈfær ənˌdoʊlz; French fa rɑ̃ˈdɔl/.

a lively dance, of Provençal origin, in which all the dancers join hands and execute various figures.
the music for this dance.

Origin of farandole

1860–65; < French < Provençal farandoulo, perhaps a conflation of b(a)randello with same sense, derivative of brandà to move, rock (< Germanic; see brandish) and flandrinà to dawdle, ultimately derivative of Flandres Flanders
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Examples from the Web for farandole

Historical Examples of farandole

  • Inside the ballroom the orchestra was still playing the farandole.


    Robert W. Chambers

  • At last we got on towards the end, and they began the farandole.

  • As in the dance called the farandole, where a number of people join bands and dance in a long line.

    Contes Franais

    Douglas Labaree Buffum

  • Suddenly a long dancing line formed, a farandole, and it began to run and leap, growing at each twist and turn.

    The Enemies of Women

    Vicente Blasco Ibez

  • When this rite was ended, the music shifted to a livelier key and straightway a farandole was formed.

British Dictionary definitions for farandole



a lively dance in six-eight or four-four time from Provence
a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance

Word Origin for farandole

C19: from French, from Provençal farandoulo, of uncertain origin; compare Spanish farándula itinerant group of actors
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