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

  • intransitive v. To walk or proceed, especially in an easy or casual manner.
  • intransitive v. To strut or flounce in a showy manner: sashaying around the dinner party in his fancy new clothes.
  • intransitive v. To perform the chassé in dancing.
  • intransitive v. To move in a sideways manner.
  • n. A chassé.
  • n. An excursion; an outing.
  • n. A figure in square dancing in which partners circle each other by taking sideways steps.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A chassé.
  • n. A sequence of sideways steps in a circle in square dancing.
  • v. To walk casually or showily; to strut, swagger or flounce.
  • v. To chassé when dancing.
  • v. To move sideways.

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

  • n. (ballet) quick gliding steps with one foot always leading
  • v. to walk with a lofty proud gait, often in an attempt to impress others
  • v. perform a chasse step, in ballet
  • v. move sideways
  • n. a square dance figure; partners circle each other taking sideways steps
  • n. a journey taken for pleasure


Alteration of chassé.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French chasser, chase, from Latin verb captare, from perfect passive participle captus, from verb capere, take. (Wiktionary)



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