allemande

noun, often capitalized
al·​le·​mande | \ ˈa-lə-ˌman(d) How to pronounce allemande (audio) , -mən, -ˌmänd, senses 1 & 2a also ˌa-lə-ˈman(d), -ˈmänd \

Definition of allemande

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

First Known Use of allemande

circa 1639, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for allemande

French, from feminine of allemand German

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“Allemande.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/allemande. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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