Definitions

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

  • n. See jig1.

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  • n. an Irish dance, derived from the jig, used in the Partita form (Baroque Period).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A piece of lively dance music, in two strains which are repeated; also, the dance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See jig.

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

  • n. music in three-four time for dancing a jig

Etymologies

French, probably from jig1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Prologues and epilogues have become my specialty—and then a gigue in my breeches, naturellement.

    Exit the Actress

  • Somehow, at the end of the play she is revived sufficiently to dance a gigue in her breeches, à la myself.

    Exit the Actress

  • Beth played exquisitely and taught me the latest French gigue, much more complicated, with a very quick capriole in the first pass.

    Exit the Actress

  • She braced herself in the doorway with her hands and legs as the earth began an insane gigue.

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  • That wonder of mine which I first experienced during my long stay in London was repeated that night by my guests, yet on this occasion the most astonished was Jan, who almost danced a gigue around the object, such was his delight.

    The Stream and The Torrent (1st prologue)

  • February 29, 2008 at 10:34 am but teh gigue, allemande, corante adn bouray are dance musik!

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  • The only way to do that was to reconstruct the gigue, she said.

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  • John Raymond, a viol player and assistant curator at the university's instrument collection, said that when he played the gigue the significance of the flat bridge and high strings became apparent.

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  • The gigue is believed to be an ancestor of the violin, and was played by troubadours to accompany dance, song and poetry at northern European courts.

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  • Music progressed after 1325 and I don't think the gigue could support it.

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