rig·​a·​doon | \ ˌri-gə-ˈdün How to pronounce rigadoon (audio) \
variants: or rigaudon \ rē-​gȯ-​ˈdōⁿ How to pronounce rigaudon (audio) \

Definition of rigadoon

: a lively dance of the 17th and 18th centuries also : the music for a rigadoon

Examples of rigadoon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And yet, in a rigadoon like the one the U.S. and Iran have engaged in the past 40 years, chucking out the script is perhaps the only sane response right now. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Trump’s Finest Hour," 25 June 2019

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First Known Use of rigadoon

1691, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rigadoon

French rigaudon

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“Rigadoon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rigadoon. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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