- a folk dance in which the partners form two facing lines; country-dance
- music for this dance
Origin: French altered (infl. by contre, opposite) ; from country-dance
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also con·tre·dance or con·tra·dance or con·tra·dansenoun
- A folk dance performed in two lines with the partners facing each other.
- The music for a contredanse.
Origin: French, alteration (influenced by French contre-, opposite, and from Latin contrā-, contra-) of English country-dance.