galanterie

noun ga·lan·te·rie \gə¦läntə(¦)rē, -lȧn-\

Definition of galanterie

plural

galanterien

or

galanteries

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

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.

Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:

  • 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Origin and Etymology of galanterie

German & French; German, literally, gallantry, courtesy, from French — more at gallantry


First Known Use: 1911


Seen and Heard

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

WORD OF THE DAY

a brief usually trivial fact

Get Word of the Day daily email!