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A kind of quick country dance, sometimes accompanied by singing, originating in the Périgord region of France in the 17th cent. and similar to the passepied.
Of or relating to the Périgord region in the department of Dordogne in south-west France; of or relating to the gastronomic specialities associated with Périgord.
Early 19th century. As noun from French périgourdine a kind of dance, use as noun of feminine of périgourdin. As adjective from French périgourdin of or relating to the gastronomic specialities associated with Périgord, specific use of périgourdin of or relating to Périgord (earliest as noun in Middle French in form perigordin dialect spoken in the Périgord region, inhabitant of the Périgord region) from the name of Périgord + French -in.
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