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galliard

or gail·lard

[gal-yerd]
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noun
  1. a spirited dance for two dancers in triple rhythm, common in the 16th and 17th centuries.
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Origin of galliard

1525–35; < Middle French gaillard, noun use of adj.: lively, vigorous (> Middle English gaillard, late Middle English galyarde), probably < Gallo-Romance *galia < Celtic (compare MIr gal warlike ardor, valor); see -ard
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Historical Examples

  • He realized that he was mastered, and that at any moment Galliard might send home his blade.

    The Tavern Knight

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Opposite him Galliard resumed his seat with a mocking smile that made him wince.

    The Tavern Knight

    Rafael Sabatini

  • And so two more were sent in to try conclusions with the indomitable Galliard.

    The Tavern Knight

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Galliard bowed his head; then, turning, he took the Bible from the table.

    The Tavern Knight

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Startled by her words and the tone of them, Galliard turned his head that he might observe her.

    The Tavern Knight

    Rafael Sabatini


British Dictionary definitions for galliard

galliard

noun
  1. a spirited dance in triple time for two persons, popular in the 16th and 17th centuries
  2. a piece of music composed for this dance
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adjective
  1. archaic lively; spirited
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French gaillard valiant, perhaps of Celtic origin
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