bourrée [boo-rey; French boo-rey] Word Origin noun, plural bour·rées [boo-reyz; French boo-rey] /bʊˈreɪz; French buˈreɪ/.
- an old French and Spanish dance, somewhat like a gavotte.
- the music for it.
Origin of bourrée 1700–10; French: literally, bundle of brushwood, orig., the twigs with which the bundle was stuffed (the dance may once have been done around brushwood bonfires); noun use of past participle (feminine) of bourrer to stuff, fill, verbal derivative of bourre hair, fluff Late Latin burra wool, coarse fabric British Dictionary definitions for bourree bourrée noun
- a traditional French dance in fast duple time, resembling a gavotte
- a piece of music composed in the rhythm of this dance
Word Origin for bourrée C18: from French bourrée a bundle of faggots (it was originally danced round a fire of faggots)