Definitions

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

  • n. A fast, erotic dance of the 16th century of Mexico and Spain.
  • n. A stately court dance of the 17th and 18th centuries, in slow triple time.
  • n. The music for either of these dances.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A slow Spanish dance of Saracenic origin, to an air in triple time; also, the air itself.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A slow Spanish dance of Saracenic origin, to an air in triple time; also, the air itself.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A slow and stately dance of Spanish origin, primarily for a single dancer, but later used as a contra-dance.
  • n. Music for such a dance or in its rhythm, which is triple and slow, usually with a decided emphasis upon the second beat of the measure.

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

  • n. a stately court dance of the 17th and 18th centuries; in slow time
  • n. music composed for dancing the saraband

Etymologies

French sarabande, from Spanish zarabanda.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French sarabande, Spanish zarabanda, from Persian serbendĀ ("a song"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In music, a saraband is a distinctive style of dance in triple time.

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  • A saraband is a piece of dance music, Italian in origin; and that was a very beautiful composition. "

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  • I his saraband his song partners in sunset silent separate beings in the twilight we circle each other

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  • Then she could hear him resume his walk through the room, and, as if his spirits had been somewhat relieved and elevated by the survey of his wardrobe, she could distinguish that at one turn he half recited a sonnet, at another half whistled a galliard, and at the third hummed a saraband.

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  • So is it any different when a short Leroy Anderson piece that parodies or tries to pay homage to a dance form like the saraband, is that any different, really, than Mozart and would poke fun at the form, or Brahms, or Schubert, or Mahler?

    Leroy Anderson: Master of the Miniature

  • In a fit of desperation, he faced round upon Bruin and lifted his cane; at the sight of which the instinct of discipline prevailed, and the animal, instead of tearing him to pieces, rose up upon his hind-legs and instantly began to shuffle a saraband.

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • (A saraband is an erotic dance for two dancers, and the name of a movement in Bach's cello suites.)

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  • On the chimney-piece was a mirror in a painted frame, adorned with figures dancing a saraband; on one side hung the glorious pipe, on the other was a Chinese jar in which the musician kept his tobacco.

    A Daughter of Eve

  • When our gentlemen entered, the floor was occupied by two females and their gallants, who, in the performance of their exercise, lifted their legs like so many oxen at plough and the pipe of one of those hoppers happening to be exhausted, in the midst of his saraband, he very deliberately drew forth his tobacco-box, filling and lighting it again, without any interruption to the dance.

    The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle

  • So I chose to play some music, a saraband from the "Sonata for Violin" alone in D minor.

    My First 79 Years

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