noun, plural courantes /kʊˈrɑnts; French kuˈrɑ̃t/ [koo-rahnts; French koo-rahnt] Show IPA .
a dance dating back to the 17th century and characterized by a running or gliding step.
a piece of music for or suited to this dance.
following the allemande in the classical suite.
< Middle French;
literally, running, feminine present participle of courir
to run; cf. current