Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A stately 16th-century dance in duple meter.
  • n. Music A composition written to or as if to accompany this dance, often used as the first movement of a suite.
  • n. A lively dance of the mid-18th century in triple meter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A popular instrumental dance form in Baroque music, and a standard element of a suite, generally the first or second movement.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A dance in moderate twofold time, invented by the French in the reign of Louis XIV.; -- now mostly found in suites of pieces, like those of Bach and Handel.
  • n. A figure in dancing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In music, the first movement after the prelude in a suite.
  • n. A German dance in 3/4 time, resembling the older style of waltz, and often so called.
  • n. A German national dance in lively 2/4 time.
  • n. A figure in dancing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. egg-thickened veloute

Etymologies

French, feminine of allemand, German, from Latin Alemannī, an ancient Germanic tribe; see Alemanni.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French allemand "German". (Wiktionary)

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  • egg-thickened veloute

    June 27, 2010

  • Allemande is a word used in American square dancing. In square dancing, the caller will call out "Allemande your partner", and the dancers link arms at the elbow and rotate.

    June 25, 2009

  • In square dancing allemande is a series of moves where dancers face their corners and turn around each other 360 degrees, dropping the handhold at the end as the dancers rejoin their respective partners. A lot of people in square dancing spell this "alamand." The caller usually calls out "allemande left" or "allemande right".

    February 6, 2008

  • Merriam-Webster Dictionary:
    noun
    Usage: often capitalized
    Etymology: French, from feminine of allemand German
    Date: 1685
    1: a musical composition or movement (as in a baroque suite) in moderate tempo and duple or quadruple time
    2 a: a 17th and 18th century court dance developed in France from a German folk dance b: a dance step with arms interlaced

    February 6, 2008