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  • n. Plural form of rigadoon.

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Examples

  • Nay, I shall be unfit even for a May-day holiday-time; for these minuets, rigadoons, and French dances, that

    Pamela

  • Different centuries were figuring at cross hands and right and left; the dark ages were cutting pirouettes and rigadoons; and the days of Queen Bess jigging merrily down the middle, through a line of succeeding generations.

    The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon

  • Wind keened thinly over the empty deserts and the ruins, kicked up little puffs of sand that raced and danced weird rigadoons across the dunes and past the ship, up to the very doors of the shiny building that confronted them.

    The Cosmic Engineer

  • Claude Le Jeune wrote motets; the eighteenth-century masters wrote gavottes and rigadoons, forlanas and chaconnes, expressed themselves in courtly dances and other set and severe forms.

    Musical Portraits Interpretations of Twenty Modern Composers

  • Most of the hardy fellows solemnly swayed their bodies and shuffled back and forth with their arms akimbo, but others were more lively and dashed off jigs, reels and rigadoons.

    Deerfoot in The Mountains

  • And the choirmaster, not wishing to show himself inferior to the organist in his instinctive hatred of plain chant, was delighted, when the Benediction began, to put aside Gregorian melodies and make his choristers gurgle rigadoons.

    En Route

  • Since the revolution, everything, including the ballet-dancers, has had its trousers; a mountebank dancer must be grave; your rigadoons are doctrinarian.

    Les Miserables, Volume V, Jean Valjean

  • Different centuries were figuring at cross hands and right and left; the Dark Ages were cutting pirouettes and rigadoons; and the days of Queen Bess jigging merrily down the middle through a line of succeeding generations.

    The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon

  • While he taught us the rigadoons of his own country, his vanity induced him to attempt feats much above the cumbrous weight of his frame.

    Frank Mildmay The Naval Officer

  • Nay, I shall be unfit even for a May-day holiday-time; for these minuets, rigadoons, and French dances, that I have been practising, will make me but ill company for my milk-maid companions that are to be.

    Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded

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