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gavotte

[guh-vot] /gəˈvɒt/
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
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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Examples for gavotte
  • The central idea is stated by the orchestra in a hesitant, piquant gavotte.
British Dictionary definitions for gavotte

gavotte

/ɡəˈvɒt/
noun
1.
an old formal dance in quadruple time
2.
a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
Word Origin
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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Word Origin and History for gavotte
n.

lively dance, 1690s, from French gavotte (17c.), from Old Provençal gavoto "mountaineer's dance," from gavot, a local name for an Alpine resident, literally "boor, glutton," from gaver "to stuff, force-feed poultry," from Old Provençal gava "crop." From the same source is French gavache "coward, dastard."

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