a lively dance, formerly popular, for one couple, characterized by a jumping step and usually in quick duple meter.
a piece of music for this dance or in its rhythm.
- Also rigaudon, rig·o·don [rig-uh-don] /ˌrɪg əˈdɒn/ .
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How to use rigadoon in a sentence
The dance itself is nothing; it might as well be called a rigadoon or a Sailor's Hornpipe, so far as the steps go.Through the Mackenzie Basin | Charles Mair
To build a city he had only to play a rigadoon and a minuet; but the other hero destroyed them by the sound of rams' horns.Voltaire's Romances | Franois-Marie Arouet
Arm in arm, their sabots clogging, they did a rigadoon down the winding road.The Ten-foot Chain | Achmed Abdullah
She would dance you a rigadoon or cut a pigeon's wing for you very respectably.The Poet at the Breakfast Table | Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
And the Doctor looked as if he should like to rigadoon and sashy across as well as the young one he was talkin' about.Elsie Venner | Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
British Dictionary definitions for rigadoon
an old Provençal couple dance, light and graceful, in lively duple time
a piece of music for or in the rhythm of this dance
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