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courante

[koo-rahnt; French koo-rahnt] /kʊˈrɑnt; French kuˈrɑ̃t/
noun, plural courantes
[koo-rahnts; French koo-rahnt] /kʊˈrɑnts; French kuˈrɑ̃t/ (Show IPA)
1.
a dance dating back to the 17th century and characterized by a running or gliding step.
2.
a piece of music for or suited to this dance.
3.
Music. a movement following the allemande in the classical suite.
Also, courant.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; < Middle French; literally, running, feminine present participle of courir to run; cf. current
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British Dictionary definitions for courante

courante

/kʊˈrɑːnt/
noun (music)
1.
an old dance in quick triple time
2.
a movement of a (mostly) 16th- to 18th-century suite based on this
Also called (esp for the dance) coranto
Word Origin
C16: from French, literally: running, feminine of courant, present participle of courir to run, from Latin currere
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