basse danse

\ (ˈ)bäs-¦däⁿs \
plural basses danses\(ˈ)bäs-¦däⁿs, -¦däⁿ-səz \

Definition of basse danse 

: a stately 15th century court dance that was ancestor to the minuet

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

History and Etymology for basse danse

French basse-danse, danse basse, literally, low dance

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about basse danse

Share basse danse

Statistics for basse danse

Look-up Popularity

Comments on basse danse

What made you want to look up basse danse? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


the setting in which something occurs

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!