\ ˈzhēg How to pronounce gigue (audio) \

Definition of gigue

: a lively dance movement (as of a suite) having compound triple rhythm and composed in fugal style

Examples of gigue in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Daniil Simkin made the ground-covering gigue airy and light of weight, missing the dance’s inherent sharpness and accentuations. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "In Tchaikovsky’s Footsteps," 5 July 2017

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First Known Use of gigue

1685, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gigue

French, from English jig

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“Gigue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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