bourrée

[ boo-rey; French boo-rey ]
/ bʊˈreɪ; French buˈreɪ /

noun, plural bour·rées [boo-reyz; French boo-rey] /bʊˈreɪz; French buˈreɪ/.

an old French and Spanish dance, somewhat like a gavotte.
the music for it.

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Origin of bourrée

1700–10; < French: literally, bundle of brushwood, orig., the twigs with which the bundle was stuffed (the dance may once have been done around brushwood bonfires); noun use of past participle (feminine) of bourrer to stuff, fill, verbal derivative of bourre hair, fluff < Late Latin burra wool, coarse fabric
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British Dictionary definitions for bourree

bourrée
/ (ˈbʊəreɪ) /

noun

a traditional French dance in fast duple time, resembling a gavotte
a piece of music composed in the rhythm of this dance

Word Origin for bourrée

C18: from French bourrée a bundle of faggots (it was originally danced round a fire of faggots)
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