Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An old French dance resembling the gavotte, usually in 3/4 or 2/2 time beginning with an upbeat.
  • noun The music for this dance.
  • noun A movement in ballet in which the dancer transfers body weight quickly from foot to foot, usually on the balls of the feet, in a series of small steps.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A lively dance, originating either in Auvergne or in Biscay.
  • noun A musical composition in which the strict rhythm and cheerful character of such a dance are embodied.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Mus.) An old French dance tune in common time.

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  • noun A dance of French origin, common in Auvergne and Biscay in Spain in the 17th century.

Etymologies

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

[French, from bourrer, to stuff, from bourre, hair, fluff, from Late Latin burra, a shaggy garment.]

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French

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  • French baroque dance with quick rhythm. (from Phrontistery)

    May 23, 2008

  • "At one of the first classes, I climbed the steps to play a bourrée by Bach."

    —Glenn Kurtz, Practicing: A Musician's Return to Music (New York: Vintage Books, 2007), 148

    November 11, 2008