Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To walk or proceed, especially in an easy or casual manner.
  • intransitive verb To strut or flounce in a showy manner.
  • intransitive verb To perform the chassé in dancing.
  • intransitive verb To move in a sideways manner.
  • noun A chassé.
  • noun An excursion; an outing.
  • noun A figure in square dancing in which partners circle each other by taking sideways steps.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Alteration of chassé.]

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French chasser, chase, from Latin verb captare, from perfect passive participle captus, from verb capere, take.

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