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

  • n. A 17th-century French dance characterized by running and gliding steps to an accompaniment in triple time.
  • n. Music The second movement of the classical baroque suite, typically following the allemande.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An old French dance from the late Renaissance and the Baroque era in triple metre.
  • n. The second movement of a baroque suite (following the allemande, and before the sarabande)

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

  • n. a court dance of the 16th century; consisted of short advances and retreats


French, from feminine present participle of courir, to run, from Old French courre, from Latin currere; see kers- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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