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.

Nearby words

  1. rig up,
  2. rig veda,
  3. rig-veda,
  4. riga,
  5. riga, gulf of,
  6. rigamarole,
  7. rigatoni,
  8. rigaudon,
  9. rigel,
  10. rigel kentaurus

Also rigaudon, rig·o·don [rig-uh-don] /ˌrɪg əˈdɒn/.

Origin of rigadoon

1685–95; < French rigaudon, perhaps from name Rigaud

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Examples from the Web for rigodon

  • The first and also the last number of every Filipino dance of any formality is the “rigodon.”

  • At that moment it was his turn to figure in the rigodon, and he went off with Emilita.

    The Grandee|Armando Palacio Valds
  • But the rigodon was over and the little group was augmented by the arrival of several other couples.

    The Grandee|Armando Palacio Valds
  • After most of the guests had arrived, there was a rigodon of honour, in which all took part.

British Dictionary definitions for rigodon


rigaudon (French riɡodɔ̃)


an old Provençal couple dance, light and graceful, in lively duple time
a piece of music for or in the rhythm of this dance

Word Origin for rigadoon

C17: from French, allegedly from its inventor Rigaud, a dancing master at Marseille

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