ga·​votte | \ gə-ˈvät How to pronounce gavotte (audio) \

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

Other Words from gavotte

gavotte intransitive verb

Examples of gavotte in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With all that happened, we're supposed to dance a merry gavotte because some diggers found a proto-clucker with a duck caboose? Star Tribune, 24 Dec. 2020 Listen out for the slow middle movement without a continuo, solemn and still, set against a charming gavotte to wrap up. E.c., The Economist, 21 May 2020 Through gavottes, tambourins, and menuets, dance pieces for those operas, the Baroque orchestra was in its full splendor. Globe Staff,, 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of gavotte

1696, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gavotte

French, from Middle French, from Old Occitan gavato, from gavot Alpine dweller

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“Gavotte.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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