(?), n. [Cf. F. contredanse (fr. E. Country-dance). ] 1. (a) A dance in which the partners are arranged face to face, or in opposite lines. (b) The quadrille. [Obs.]
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2. (Music) A piece of music in the rhythm of such a dance.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]


(?), n. [F., fr. contre (L. conta) + temps time, fr. L. tempus.] An unexpected and untoward accident; something inopportune or embarrassing; a hitch.
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In this unhappy contretemps.
De Quincey.
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