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redowa

[red-uh-wuh, -vuh]
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noun
  1. a Bohemian dance in two forms, one resembling the waltz or the mazurka, the other resembling the polka.
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Origin of redowa

1855–60; < French rédowa or German Redowa < Czech rejdovák, derivative of rejdovat to steer, wheel about
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Examples from the Web for redowa

Historical Examples

  • We'll finish that redowa at Mrs. Humphrey's to-morrow night.

    Rutledge

    Miriam Coles Harris

  • The waltz, galop, redowa, and polka step can all be utilized in it.

    The Art of Entertaining

    M. E. W. Sherwood

  • I'm going to begin with a redowa, because the girls like it, and it's better fun than square dances.

    An Old-fashioned Girl

    Louisa May Alcott

  • "Mademoiselle, you promised me the first redowa," and a young man took Noémi away.

    Rene Mauperin

    Edmond de Goncourt and Jules de Goncourt

  • Perhaps they are even dancing the polka and redowa in those airy, well-lighted rooms.


British Dictionary definitions for redowa

redowa

noun
  1. a Bohemian folk dance similar to the waltz
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Word Origin

C19: via French and German from Czech rejdovák, from rejdovati to guide around
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