rig·​a·​doon ˌri-gə-ˈdün How to pronounce rigadoon (audio)
variants or rigaudon
: a lively dance of the 17th and 18th centuries
also : the music for a rigadoon

Example Sentences

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, 25 June 2019

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Word History


French rigaudon

First Known Use

1691, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rigadoon was in 1691

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“Rigadoon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rigadoon. Accessed 24 Mar. 2023.

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