noun \gə-ˈvät\

Definition of GAVOTTE

:  a dance of French peasant origin marked by the raising rather than sliding of the feet
:  a tune for the gavotte in moderately quick 44 time
gavotte intransitive verb

Origin of GAVOTTE

French, from Middle French, from Old Occitan gavato, from gavot Alpine dweller
First Known Use: 1696


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Folk dance of French peasant origin, supposedly danced by the people of Gap (Gavots). The dance became popular as a court dance in the 17th–18th century, developing more complicated steps under the direction of ballet masters. Its slow, walking steps were danced to music in time. Musically it included three parts and was an optional movement of the suite.


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