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

  • n. A spirited dance in triple meter, popular in France and England in the 17th and 18th centuries, resembling a minuet but faster.
  • n. Music for or in the rhythm of this dance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A courtly dance, in triple time, from 17th century France; a faster form of the minuet

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A dance said to have originated in Brittany, resembling the minuet, but much quicker.
  • n. Music for such a dance, or in its rhythm, which was triple and quick.
  • n. Also paspy.


French : passer, to pass; see pass + pied, foot (from Old French, from Latin pēs, ped-; see pedal).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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