Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A French peasant dance of Baroque origin in moderately quick duple meter.
  • n. Music for this dance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A French dance, either in 4/4 or 2/2 time.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an old formal French dance in quadruple time
  • n. music composed in quadruple time for dancing the gavotte

Etymologies

French, from Provençal gavoto, from gavot, native of the Alps, possibly from gava, crop of a bird, from Vulgar Latin *gaba, gullet, throat.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French (Wiktionary)

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  • Or so he thought.

    February 6, 2010

  • She did, Pro. Didn't she, didn't she, didn't she?

    February 5, 2010

  • And also for writing a song about me.

    February 5, 2010

  • you walked into the party like you were walking onto a yacht
    your hat strategically dipped below one eye, your scarf it was apricot
    you had one eye in the mirror as you watched yourself gavotte

    i think i'll always love Carly Simon for rhyming yacht and apricot with gavotte.

    August 20, 2007