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galliard

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adjective gal·liard \ˈgal-yərd\

Definition of galliard

archaic

  1. :  gay, lively

Origin and Etymology of galliard

Middle English gaylard, galyarde, gaillard “brave, strong, lively, gay,” borrowed from Anglo-French gaillard “vigorous, lively” (continental Old French also, “courageous”), probably from a Gallo-Romance base *galy- (going back to Celtic *gal-, in Old Irish gal “ardor in battle, valor,” Welsh gallu “to be able to, can” Breton gallout, going back to Indo-European *gelH- “gain power (over),” also in Lithuanian gal{edotacute}ti “to be able to”) + Old French -ard -ard


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galliard

noun gal·liard

Definition of galliard

  1. :  a sprightly dance with five steps to a phrase popular in the 16th and 17th centuries

Origin and Etymology of galliard

noun derivative of 1galliard (probably after Italian gagliarda or Middle French gaillarde)


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