allemande


noun, plural al·le·mandes [al-uh-mandz, -mahndz, al-uh-mandz, -mahndz; French aluh-mahnd] /ˈæl əˌmændz, -ˌmɑndz, ˌæl əˈmændz, -ˈmɑndz; French aləˈmɑ̃d/.

  1. a 17th- and 18th-century dance in slow duple time.
  2. a piece of music based on its rhythm, often following the prelude in the classical suite.
  3. a figure performed in a quadrille.
  4. a German folk dance in triple meter, similar to the ländler.

noun

  1. the first movement of the classical suite, composed in a moderate tempo in a time signature of four-four
  2. any of several German dances
  3. a figure in country dancing or square dancing by means of which couples change position in the set
n.

a German dance, 1775, from French Allemande, fem. of allemand “German” (see Alemanni). As a move in country or square dancing, from 1808.

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