[red-uh-wuh, -vuh]


a Bohemian dance in two forms, one resembling the waltz or the mazurka, the other resembling the polka.

Origin of redowa

1855–60; < French rédowa or German Redowa < Czech rejdovák, derivative of rejdovat to steer, wheel about Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for redowa

Historical Examples of redowa

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


    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



a Bohemian folk dance similar to the waltz

Word Origin for redowa

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