bourrée

bourrée

[boo-rey; French boo-rey]
noun, plural bourrées [boo-reyz; French boo-rey] .
1.
an old French and Spanish dance, somewhat like a gavotte.
2.
the music for it.

Origin:
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

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bourrée (ˈbʊəreɪ)
 
n
1.  a traditional French dance in fast duple time, resembling a gavotte
2.  a piece of music composed in the rhythm of this dance
 
[C18: from French bourrée a bundle of faggots (it was originally danced round a fire of faggots)]

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