gavotte

[guh-vot]
noun
1.
an old French dance in moderately quick quadruple meter.
2.
a piece of music for, or in the rhythm of, this dance, often forming one of the movements in the classical suite, usually following the saraband.
Also, gavot.


Origin:
1690–1700; < French < Provençal gavoto a mountaineer of Provence, a dance of such mountaineers, apparently derivative of gava bird's crop (probably < pre-Latin *gaba throat, crop, goiter), alluding to the prevalence of goiter among the mountaineers

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gavotte or gavot (ɡəˈvɒt)
 
n
1.  an old formal dance in quadruple time
2.  a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
 
[C17: from French, from Provençal gavoto, from gavot mountaineer, dweller in the Alps (where the dance originated), from gava goitre (widespread in the Alps), from Old Latin gaba (unattested) throat]
 
gavot or gavot
 
n
 
[C17: from French, from Provençal gavoto, from gavot mountaineer, dweller in the Alps (where the dance originated), from gava goitre (widespread in the Alps), from Old Latin gaba (unattested) throat]

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The central idea is stated by the orchestra in a hesitant, piquant gavotte.
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