One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The performing of country dances. In early use also: †a social gathering at which country dances are performed; a dance held in the country (obsolete).
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Duchess of Newcastle (?1623–1673), writer. From country + dancing, after country dance.
country dancing/ˌkʌntrɪ ˈdɑːnsɪŋ//ˌkʌntrɪ ˈdansɪŋ/
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