: a musical composition or movement (as in a baroque suite) in moderate tempo and duple or quadruple time
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
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.