contra dance

con·​tra dance | \ ˈkän-trə-ˌdan(t)s How to pronounce contra dance (audio) \
variants: or \ ˈkän-​trə-​ˌdan(t)s How to pronounce contredanse (audio) also  kōⁿ-​trə-​ˈdäⁿs \

Definition of contra dance

1 : a folk dance in which couples face each other in two lines or a square
2 : a piece of music for a contra dance

Examples of contra dance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mud in Yer Eye, providing contra dance and folk music to Clevelanders since 1978, returns for another year of fun and frivolity., "Brecksville Reservation fall festival brings past to life Sept. 29," 10 Sep. 2019 After a pre-ball dance lesson, Bangers & Mash waltzes, polkas, mixers, quadrilles, country & contra dances, and other popular 19th-century couple and set dances. Lisa Herendeen, The Mercury News, "S.F. Bay Area calendar: Greek festival, comedy and more," 25 Aug. 2019 DANCE Bridgewater Community Dance Series features folk, square, and contra dance. Robert Knox,, "Art springs to life at Duxbury museum," 23 Mar. 2018 Members of the contra dance group, known as FOOTMAD, will be on the floor tonight at the downtown YWCA, with music provided by the Red Mountain Yellowhammers. Mary Colurso |,, "Things to do in Birmingham, Dec. 31-Jan. 6," 31 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of contra dance

1803, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for contra dance

French contredanse, by folk etymology from English country-dance

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“Contra dance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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