[ rig-uh-doon ]
/ ˌrɪg əˈdun /
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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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How to use rigadoon in a sentence
The first dance was the stately rigodon, which is almost the only square dance used here.A Woman's Impression of the Philippines|Mary H. (Mary Helen) Fee
But the rigodon was over and the little group was augmented by the arrival of several other couples.
After most of the guests had arrived, there was a rigodon of honour, in which all took part.The Spell of the Hawaiian Islands and the Philippines|Isabel Anderson
The first and also the last number of every Filipino dance of any formality is the “rigodon.”An Epoch in History|P. H. Eley
At that moment it was his turn to figure in the rigodon, and he went off with Emilita.
British Dictionary definitions for rigadoon
rigaudon (French riɡodɔ̃)
/ (ˌrɪɡəˈduːn) /
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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