Definitions

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

  • n. A country-dance figure in which couples or a couple join hands and swing around the floor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A movement, or part of a figure, in the contradance.
  • v. To perform a certain movement in a dance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A movement, or part of a figure, in the contradance.
  • intransitive v. To perform a certain movement in a dance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To swing round in couples, as in a country-dance.

Etymologies

French, pushpin, diminutive of obsolete pousse, a push, from pousser, to push, from Old French poulser, pousser, to push, from Latin pulsāre, frequentative of pellere, to push; see pel-5 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • A grandmother with an American accent is chatting to a baby in a poussette.

    French Word-A-Day:

  • Next, we pack our gummy starfish into the two-seated poussette.

    Adventures in Babysitting, Part 1

  • I have to say,imagining someone “avec un bebe dans les bras et un sapin dans la poussette” made me laugh for a while.

    Tadpole magic

  • Southampton Water on a fine day: he had tired his rate of sailing down the middle of a country dance with some fair partner; and tacked and wore as required to the mazes of poussette and right and left.

    The King's Own

  • = PK, K stressed pirouét pis aller pêace állây pláteau, pláteaux plural pláttô, plátôz; in both, the second syllable is stressed in AmE pot-pourri pôpu-rêe pouf, pouffe, pouffet poùf, poùf, poùffay poularde poûlarde pourboire porbwàr pourparler porpàrlay pousse-café poûss-cafây poussette poû-sét prelude première prémiãir promenade prómenàde proneur prón-ër protégé prôtezhây

    Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium - Recent changes [en]

  • = PK, P stressed pirogue pirôg pis aller pêace állây pissoir plage plàzh pláteau, pláteaux plural pláttô, plátôz; in both, the second syllable is stressed in AmE pot-pourri pôpu-rêe pouf, pouffe, pouffet poùf, poùf, poùffay poularde poûlarde pourboire porbwàr pourparler porpàrlay pousse-café poûss-cafây poussette poû-sét prelude première prémiãir promenade prómenàde proneur prón-ër protégé prôtezhây

    Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium - Recent changes [en]

  • On continue via le Col de Bretaye pour la promenade “poussette-compatible” jusqu’au Col de la Croix, via Ensex.

    Retour en plaine — Climb to the Stars

  • But, now, the Bird of Paradise was seen to flutter down the middle; and the little bells began to bounce and jingle in poussette; and the Doctor's rosy face spun round and round, like an expressive pegtop highly varnished; and breathless Mr. Craggs began to doubt already, whether country dancing had been made 'too easy,' like the rest of life; and Mr. Snitchey, with his nimble cuts and capers, footed it for Self and Craggs, and half-a-dozen more.

    Battle of Life

  • But, now, the Bird of Paradise was seen to flutter down the middle; and the little bells began to bounce and jingle in poussette; and the Doctor’s rosy face spun round and round, like an expressive pegtop highly varnished; and breathless Mr. Craggs began to doubt already, whether country dancing had been made ‘too easy,’ like the rest of life; and Mr. Snitchey, with his nimble cuts and capers, footed it for Self and

    The Battle of Life

  • Le week-end prochain vous prendrez vous fille sous le bras (quoiqu’en poussette c’est bien aussi!) quelques amis (si,si ils viendront!) et vous irez écouter un peu de Jazz (je sais que vous aimez ça) au Parc Floral de Paris (Porte de Vincennes).

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