passepied

passepied

[pahs-pyey]
noun, plural passepieds [pahs-pyey, -pyeyz] .
1.
a lively dance in triple meter popular in France in the 17th and 18th centuries.
2.
a dance form in moderately fast 3/8 or 3/4 meter, occasionally constituting part of the 17th- and 18th-century instrumental suite.

Origin:
1685–95; < French: literally, pass (the) foot, i.e., move it, dance. See pass, -ped

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passepied (pɑːsˈpjeɪ)
 
n , pl -pieds
1.  a lively minuet of Breton origin, in triple time, popular in the 17th century
2.  a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
 
[C17: from French: pass the foot]

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passepied

lively dance of Brittany adopted c. 1650 by French and English aristocrats, who, during the century of its popularity, frequently danced it dressed as shepherds and shepherdesses. As a court dance the passepied lost its original chain formations and became, like the minuet, a couple dance with figures. Its name probably refers to its characteristic step: the feet crossed and recrossed while gliding forward, one foot often striking the other

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