cou·​rante | \ ku̇-ˈränt How to pronounce courante (audio) , -ˈrant How to pronounce courante (audio) \

Definition of courante

1 : a dance of Italian origin marked by quick running steps
2 : music in quick triple time or in a mixture of ³/₂ and ⁶/₄ time

Examples of courante in a Sentence

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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First Known Use of courante

1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for courante

Middle French, from courir to run, from Latin currere

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“Courante.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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