[al-uh-mand, -mahnd, al-uh-mand, al-uh-mahnd; French aluh-mahnd]
- a 17th- and 18th-century dance in slow duple time.
- a piece of music based on its rhythm, often following the prelude in the classical suite.
- a figure performed in a quadrille.
- a German folk dance in triple meter, similar to the ländler.
Origin of allemande
1675–85; < French, short for danse allemande German dance
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Examples from the Web for allemande
Instead of Spanish sauce, Allemande sauce (Art. 81) is often preferred.
The Branle in its original form had steps like the Allemande.
I never practised such an Allemande as this since I have been a dancing-master.The Dance of Death
The Germans have a dance called the Allemande, in which the men and women form a ring.A Treatise on the Art of Dancing
Reduce one half on the fire, put through a sieve, add half a pint of Allemande sauce (Art. 81); heat again on the fire, and serve.
- the first movement of the classical suite, composed in a moderate tempo in a time signature of four-four
- any of several German dances
- a figure in country dancing or square dancing by means of which couples change position in the set
C17: from French danse allemande German dance
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Word Origin and History for allemande
a German dance, 1775, from French Allemande, fem. of allemand "German" (see Alemanni). As a move in country or square dancing, from 1808.
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