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contra dance

play
noun \ˈkän-trə-ˌdan(t)s\

Definition of contra dance

  1. 1 :  a folk dance in which couples face each other in two lines or a square

  2. 2 :  a piece of music for a contra dance



Variants of contra dance

or contredanse play \also kōⁿ-trə-ˈdäⁿs\

Origin of contra dance

French contredanse, by folk etymology from English country-dance


First Known Use: 1803


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