[ al-uh-mand, -mahnd, al-uh-mand, al-uh-mahnd; French aluh-mahnd ]
/ ˈæl əˌmænd, -ˌmɑnd, ˌæl əˈmænd, ˌæl əˈmɑnd; French aləˈmɑ̃d /

noun, plural al·le·mandes [al-uh-mandz, -mahndz, al-uh-mandz, -mahndz; French aluh-mahnd] /ˈæl əˌmændz, -ˌmɑndz, ˌæl əˈmændz, -ˈmɑndz; French aləˈmɑ̃d/.

a 17th- and 18th-century dance in slow duple time.
a piece of music based on its rhythm, often following the prelude in the classical suite.
a figure performed in a quadrille.
a German folk dance in triple meter, similar to the ländler.

Nearby words

  1. allelic gene,
  2. allelomorph,
  3. allelopathy,
  4. allelotaxis,
  5. alleluia,
  6. allemande sauce,
  7. allemontite,
  8. allen,
  9. allen key,
  10. allen park

Origin of allemande

1675–85; < French, short for danse allemande German dance Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for allemande


/ (ˈælɪmænd, French almɑ̃d) /


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

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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