[ kon-truh-dans, -dahns; French kawn-truh-dahns ]
/ ˈkɒn trəˌdæns, -ˌdɑns; French kɔ̃ trəˈdɑ̃s /

noun, plural con·tre·dans·es [kon-truh-dan-siz, -dahn-; French kawn-truh dahns] /ˈkɒn trəˌdæn sɪz, -ˌdɑn-; French kɔ̃ˈtrədɑ̃s/.

a variation of the quadrille in which the dancers face each other.
a piece of music suitable for such a dance.
Also contradance.

Origin of contredanse

1795–1805; < French, equivalent to contre- counter- + danse dance, misrendering of English country-dance, by association with the characteristic arrangement of dancers in rows facing each other

Example sentences from the Web for contredanse

British Dictionary definitions for contredanse



/ (ˈkɒntrəˌdɑːns) /


a courtly Continental version of the English country dance, similar to the quadrille
music written for or in the rhythm of this dance

Word Origin for contredanse

C19: from French, changed from English country dance; country altered to French contre (opposite) by folk etymology (because the dancers face each other)