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.
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- n. A French dance, either in 4/4 or 2/2 time.
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- n. an old formal French dance in quadruple time
- n. music composed in quadruple time for dancing the gavotte
Well, at the end of each term there was what they called an "exhibition ball," in which the scholars danced cotillons and country-dances; also something called a "gavotte," and I think one or more walked a minuet.
Between the two large explosions in the first movement, violin and orchestra engage in a stately kind of gavotte that eventually gathers to a critical mass and lunges forth in Russian figures of mass and fury.
When she founded NYBDC in 1976, it was an academic discipline focused on reconstructing the steps of old dances, their names — among them the minuet and gavotte — familiar from the music of Bach and Handel.
Do we really have to dance this gavotte all over again?
Which authors get to sign at which New York locations is a tricky gavotte involving publishers, chain bookstores and other venues.
But let me suggest that the reason for the dance -- be it a two-step, jig, gavotte, or what have you -- has a lot to do with the historical issues raised by people like James and Thom.
It's an ugly dance, a jig that reminds one of a crazy gavotte in Bedlam.
In fact having danced a gay gavotte to the sounds of the Norty Nowf Lunnun Collectif a month or two ago I am quite keen on rap.
According to Jordan Tate, author of The Contemporary Dictionary of Sexual Euphemisms, that's slang for a horizontal gavotte of sufficient vigor to leave one's wig askew.
That evening, on his return to his own chamber, he danced a gavotte, using his thumb and forefinger as castanets, and he sang the following song: