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.
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- 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)