courante

courante

[koo-rahnt; French koo-rahnt]
noun, plural courantes [koo-rahnts; French koo-rahnt] .
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:
1580–90; < Middle French; literally, running, feminine present participle of courir to run; cf. current

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courante (kʊˈrɑːnt)
 
n
1.  an old dance in quick triple time
2.  a movement of a (mostly) 16th- to 18th-century suite based on this
 
[C16: from French, literally: running, feminine of courant, present participle of courir to run, from Latin currere]

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