allemande

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al·le·mande

noun, often capitalized \ˈa-lə-ˌman(d), -mən, -ˌmänd, 1a & 2 also ˌa-lə-ˈ\

Definition of ALLEMANDE

1
:  a musical composition or movement (as in a baroque suite) in moderate tempo and duple or quadruple time
2
a :  a 17th and 18th century court dance developed in France from a German folk dance
b :  a dance step with arms interlaced

Origin of ALLEMANDE

French, from feminine of allemand German
First Known Use: 1685

allemande

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Processional couple dance with stately flowing steps, fashionable in the 16th century, especially in France. A line of couples extended their paired hands forward and paraded back and forth the length of the ballroom. It was revived in the 18th century as a figure dance for four couples, in which each pair performed intricate turns under each other's arms, a figure that partly survives in the “allemand” of the U.S. square dance. In the late 17th century a stylized version of the dance in time began to be used by composers as the first movement of the suite.

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