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[sha-sey or, esp. in square dancing, sa-shey] /ʃæˈseɪ or, esp. in square dancing, sæˈʃeɪ/ Dance.
a gliding step in which one foot is kept in advance of the other.
verb (used without object), chasséd, chasséing.
to execute a chassé.
Origin of chassé
1795-1805; < French: literally, chased, followed, past participle of chasser to chase1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • “Si chasse, si chasse,” replied the jack-booted waiter, meaning thereby that he would bring it as suited his convenience.

    Fred Markham in Russia W. H. G. Kingston
  • We were soon convinced, however, that the lugger in sight was a chasse marée.

    Salt Water W. H. G. Kingston
  • I walked out this evening to the citadelle which sustained, under Gen. chasse, the terrible siege of the French, in 1832.

  • Yes, my dear cousin, you possess a part right over chasse Loups.

    Sir Jasper Carew Charles James Lever
  • When he came up a minute later he saw the chasse Marée plowing her way from him, but no sign of the Lucy was to be seen.

    Sturdy and Strong G. A. Henty
  • Hang it, thought I, have they gone off to the chasse without me?

    Arthur O'Leary Charles James Lever
  • Then half a bottle of red wine, a demi-syphon, and a caf and chasse.

  • The more the chasse shines in beauty, the more sacred are the relics held to be.

  • Still older, for it dates from 1205, is the chasse de Notre Dame, another treasure of the cathedral.

    The Spell of Flanders Edward Neville Vose
  • This chasse, the keeper told us, was not made at Tournai, but at Bruges.

    The Spell of Flanders Edward Neville Vose
British Dictionary definitions for chasse


one of a series of gliding steps in ballet in which the same foot always leads
three consecutive dance steps, two fast and one slow, to four beats of music
verb -sés, -séing, -séd
(intransitive) to perform either of these steps
Word Origin
C19: from French: a chasing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for chasse

from French chassé "chase, chasing," past participle of chasser "to chase, hunt" (see chase (v.)); borrowed 19c. in a variety of senses and expressions, such as "chaser" (in the drinking sense), short for chasse-café, literally "coffee-chaser." Also as a dance step (1867).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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