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saraband

or sar·a·bande

[sar-uh-band]
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noun
  1. a slow, stately Spanish dance, especially of the 17th and 18th centuries, in triple meter, derived from a vigorous castanet dance.
  2. a piece of music for or using the rhythm of this dance, usually forming one of the movements in the classical suite and following the courante.

Origin of saraband

1610–20; < French sarabande < Spanish zarabanda, perhaps < Arabic sarband a kind of dance < Persian
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Historical Examples

  • But I have read that M. le Cardinal de Richelieu danced a saraband.

    The Queen's Necklace

    Alexandre Dumas pre

  • Anne bade him prove it by dressing as a circus clown and dancing a saraband for her.

    Superwomen

    Albert Payson Terhune

  • Saraband (Serebend) rugs are woven in the district of Sarawan.

  • They resemble in their field and in the firm texture the Saraband rug, the palm-leaf design being arranged throughout the field.

  • Another extremely popular dance was the Saraband, which, however, died out after the 17th century.