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[zheeg] /ʒig/
Dance. jig2 (def 1).
Music. a dance movement often forming the conclusion of the classical suite.
Origin of gigue
1675-85; < French, probably < English jig2 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for gigue
Historical Examples
  • The adagio is a sarabande, and the last movement has the characteristics of the gigue.

    Critical & Historical Essays Edward MacDowell
  • The last of the particularly characteristic dances is the gigue with its counterparts mentioned above.

    Music: An Art and a Language Walter Raymond Spalding
  • The sonata commenced in D minor; in the gigue there was constant modulation towards G minor.

    The Pianoforte Sonata J.S. Shedlock
  • The last movement, still in the same key, is a gigue, thus keeping well in the shadow of the suite.

    Critical & Historical Essays Edward MacDowell
British Dictionary definitions for gigue


a piece of music, usually in six-eight time and often fugal, incorporated into the classical suite
a formal couple dance of the 16th and 17th centuries, derived from the jig
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Italian giga, literally: a fiddle; see gigot
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