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[pahs-pyey] /pɑsˈpyeɪ/
noun, plural passepieds
[pahs-pyey, -pyeyz] /pɑsˈpyeɪ, -ˈpyeɪz/ (Show IPA)
a lively dance in triple meter popular in France in the 17th and 18th centuries.
a dance form in moderately fast 3/8 or 3/4 meter, occasionally constituting part of the 17th- and 18th-century instrumental suite.
Origin of passepied
1685-95; < French: literally, pass (the) foot, i.e., move it, dance. See pass, -ped Unabridged
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  • passepied (B flat major) "pour Madame Redwen," short and simple, but very neat and graceful, and quite in dance form.

British Dictionary definitions for passepied


noun (pl) -pieds (-ˈpjeɪ)
a lively minuet of Breton origin, in triple time, popular in the 17th century
a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
Word Origin
C17: from French: pass the foot
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