from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A spirited dance popular in France in the 16th and 17th centuries.
- n. The triple-time music for this dance.
- adj. Archaic Spirited; lively; gay.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A lively dance, popular in 16th- and 17th-century Europe
- n. The triple-time music for this dance
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Gay; brisk; active.
- n. A brisk, gay man.
- n. A gay, lively dance. Cf. gailliarde.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Brisk; gay; lively; jaunty.
- n. A brisk, lively man; a gay, jaunty fellow: as, “Selden is a galliard,”
- n. A spirited dance for two dancers only, common in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries: one of the precursors of the minuet. Also called romanesca.
- n. Music written for such a dance, or in its rhythm, which is triple and emphatic, but not rapid.
- n. A term used in northern England for a sandstone or grit of particularly close and uniform texture.
Middle English gaillard, from Old French gaillart, probably of Celtic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)