cou·​rante ku̇-ˈränt How to pronounce courante (audio) -ˈrant How to pronounce courante (audio)
: a dance of Italian origin marked by quick running steps
: music in quick triple time or in a mixture of ³/₂ and ⁶/₄ time

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The officer who took her case pressured Eléonore to sign a main courante, which records an offense but doesn’t take the complaint any further. Colette Davidson, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 Apr. 2020

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Word History


Middle French, from courir to run, from Latin currere

First Known Use

1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of courante was in 1586

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“Courante.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

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