1

galliard

play
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


First Known Use: 14th century


2

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)


First Known Use: 1533


Learn More about galliard


Seen and Heard

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

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

of or relating to bile

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • istock-refers-to-this-as-a-tumble-of-strawberries-which-sounded-pretty-nice-to-us
  • Which is a synonym of garner?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!