gavotte


noun

  1. an old French dance in moderately quick quadruple meter.
  2. a piece of music for, or in the rhythm of, this dance, often forming one of the movements in the classical suite, usually following the saraband.

noun

  1. an old formal dance in quadruple time
  2. a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
n.

lively dance, 1690s, from French gavotte (17c.), from Old Provençal gavoto “mountaineer’s dance,” from gavot, a local name for an Alpine resident, literally “boor, glutton,” from gaver “to stuff, force-feed poultry,” from Old Provençal gava “crop.” From the same source is French gavache “coward, dastard.”

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