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rigadoon

[ rig-uh-doon ]
/ ˌrɪg əˈdun /
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noun
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.
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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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British Dictionary definitions for rigadoon

rigadoon

rigaudon (French riɡodɔ̃)

/ (ˌrɪɡəˈduːn) /

noun
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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