plural galanterien
or galanteries
: a nonessential movement added to or inserted in the classical musical suite (as minuet, loure, air)

Word History


German & French; German, literally, gallantry, courtesy, from French

First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of galanterie was in 1911

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“Galanterie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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