[boo-rey; French boo-rey]
- an old French and Spanish dance, somewhat like a gavotte.
- 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
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- a traditional French dance in fast duple time, resembling a gavotte
- a piece of music composed in the rhythm of this dance
C18: from French bourrée a bundle of faggots (it was originally danced round a fire of faggots)