from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A kind of difficult, old formal French dance in quadruple time.
- n. Music composed in quadruple time for dancing the gavotte, having a dance tune which has two brisk and lively, yet dignified, strains in common time, each played twice over.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A dance of French origin, somewhat resembling the minuet, remarkable for its combination of vivacity and dignity.
- n. Music for such a dance, or in its rhythm, which is duple and quick. Gavots are frequent in old-fashioned suites, and have recently come again into favor.
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The light of the lamps shot out on the crinkled surface of the lake in tongues of quivering flame, which danced a brave gavot with the phantom stars; and afar twinkled the dipping oars.
We possess the means of verifying somewhat as to the nature of the minuet; but after what fashion did our revered grandfather do his rigadoon and his gavot?
At one instant he would brandish his arms, and whisk his tail, and take one step forward, like a dancing master beginning to dance a gavot.