Definition of gavotte
1 : a dance of French peasant origin marked by the raising rather than sliding of the feet
2 : a tune for the gavotte in moderately quick 4⁄4 time
Origin and Etymology of gavotte
French, from Middle French, from Old Occitan gavato, from gavot Alpine dweller
First Known Use: 1696See Words from the same year
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