[boo-rey; French boo-rey]
noun, plural bour·rées [boo-reyz; French boo-rey] /bʊˈreɪz; French buˈreɪ/.
  1. an old French and Spanish dance, somewhat like a gavotte.
  2. the music for it.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for bourree


  1. a traditional French dance in fast duple time, resembling a gavotte
  2. 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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