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[boo-rey; French boo-rey] /bʊˈreɪ; French buˈreɪ/
noun, plural bourrées
[boo-reyz; French boo-rey] /bʊˈreɪz; French buˈreɪ/ (Show IPA)
an old French and Spanish dance, somewhat like a gavotte.
the music for it.
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 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for bourrée


a traditional French dance in fast duple time, resembling a gavotte
a piece of music composed in the rhythm of this dance
Word Origin
C18: from French bourrée a bundle of faggots (it was originally danced round a fire of faggots)
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Encyclopedia Article for bourrée


French folk dance with many varieties, characteristically danced with quick, skipping steps. The dancers occasionally wear wooden clogs to emphasize the sounds made by their feet. Notably associated with Auvergne, bourrees are also danced elsewhere in France and in Vizcaya, Spain. Michael Praetorius mentions the bourree in his musical compendium Syntagma musicum in 1615.

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