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bourrée

[boo-rey; French boo-rey] /bʊˈreɪ; French buˈreɪ/
noun, plural bourrées
[boo-reyz; French boo-rey] /bʊˈreɪz; French buˈreɪ/ (Show IPA)
1.
an old French and Spanish dance, somewhat like a gavotte.
2.
the music for it.
Origin
1700-1710
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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British Dictionary definitions for bourrée

bourrée

/ˈbʊəreɪ/
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
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

bourree

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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