sar·​a·​band ˈser-ə-ˌband How to pronounce saraband (audio)
variants or sarabande
: a stately court dance of the 17th and 18th centuries resembling the minuet
: the music for the saraband in slow triple time with accent on the second beat

Examples of saraband in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Bergman Island, Hansen-Love includes a scene from Ingmar Bergman’s 1972 Cries and Whispers — a close-up where Ingrid Thulin howls in torment then is briefly comforted by Liv Ullmann’s caress, a sympathetic duet played out to the palpable strum of a Bach saraband for unaccompanied cello. Armond White, National Review, 13 Oct. 2021

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Word History


French sarabande, from Spanish zarabanda

First Known Use

1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of saraband was in 1616

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“Saraband.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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