gal-liard

galliard

[gal-yerd]
noun
a spirited dance for two dancers in triple rhythm, common in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Also, gaillard.


Origin:
1525–35; < Middle French gaillard, noun use of adj.: lively, vigorous (> Middle English gaillard, late Middle English galyarde), probably < Gallo-Romance *galia < Celtic (compare MIr gal warlike ardor, valor); see -ard

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galliard (ˈɡæljəd)
 
n
1.  a spirited dance in triple time for two persons, popular in the 16th and 17th centuries
2.  a piece of music composed for this dance
 
adj
3.  archaic lively; spirited
 
[C14: from Old French gaillard valiant, perhaps of Celtic origin]

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