contra dance

noun con·tra dance \ˈkän-trə-ˌdan(t)s\
variants: or

play \ˈkän-trə-ˌdan(t)s, also kōⁿ-trə-ˈdäⁿs\

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

Origin and Etymology of contra dance

French contredanse, by folk etymology from English country-dance

First Known Use: 1803

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