bourrée [boo-rey; French boo-rey] Word Origin noun, plural bour·rées [boo-reyz; French boo-rey] /bʊˈreɪz; French buˈreɪ/.

  1. an old French and Spanish dance, somewhat like a gavotte.
  2. 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

  1. a traditional French dance in fast duple time, resembling a gavotte
  2. 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)

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