Definition of farandole in US English:



  • A lively Provençal dance in which the dancers join hands and wind in and out in a chain.

    • ‘Children also took part in period dances including the lively farandole from Provence and the slower pavan, both dating back to the time of Tudorkings and queens.’
    • ‘Led by a drummer, a group of women performs the traditional dance of Provence, the farandole, under the shelter of the umbrella pine in the background.’
    • ‘The ‘buffatière’ is still called the dance of the bellows. Each year, on the night of the fête, the people of the village disguise themselves to come and perform the farandoles - a line dance by a group of dancers - on the village square.’
    • ‘Airs of bygone times accompany farandoles around the flames over which the boldest leap with a single bound.’
    • ‘Early dance, from the medieval period (branles and farandole) I quite like, as I have interest in early music.’


Mid 19th century: French, from modern Provençal farandoulo.