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[al-uh-mand, -mahnd, al-uh-mand, al-uh-mahnd; French aluh-mahnd]
noun, plural al·le·mandes [al-uh-mandz, -mahndz, al-uh-mandz, -mahndz; French aluh-mahnd] /ˈæl əˌmændz, -ˌmɑndz, ˌæl əˈmændz, -ˈmɑndz; French aləˈmɑ̃d/.
  1. a 17th- and 18th-century dance in slow duple time.
  2. a piece of music based on its rhythm, often following the prelude in the classical suite.
  3. a figure performed in a quadrille.
  4. a German folk dance in triple meter, similar to the ländler.
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Origin of allemande

1675–85; < French, short for danse allemande German dance
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Examples from the Web for allemande

Historical Examples of allemande

  • Instead of Spanish sauce, Allemande sauce (Art. 81) is often preferred.

    French Dishes for American Tables

    Pierre Caron

  • 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

    Francis Douce

  • The Germans have a dance called the Allemande, in which the men and women form a ring.

    A Treatise on the Art of Dancing

    Giovanni-Andrea Gallini

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for allemande


  1. the first movement of the classical suite, composed in a moderate tempo in a time signature of four-four
  2. any of several German dances
  3. a figure in country dancing or square dancing by means of which couples change position in the set
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Word Origin for allemande

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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