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branle

[ bran-l ]

noun

  1. a lively 16th- and 17th-century round dance originating in France.
  2. the music for this dance.


branle

/ ˈbrænəl /

noun

  1. an old French country dance performed in a linked circle


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Word History and Origins

Origin of branle1

1575–85; < Middle French, derivative of branler to shake, swing (probably from the phrase branler une danse ), Old French bran ( s ) ler to move (a limb, the head), contraction of brandeler to shake, equivalent to brand ( ir ) to brandish + -eler suffix of expressive verbs < Vulgar Latin *-illāre
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Word History and Origins

Origin of branle1

C17: from Old French branler to shake, variant of brandir to brandish
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Example Sentences

The movement towards the dominant note in this Branle may be regarded as a latent modulation.

I always enjoyed seeing her dance the Branle de la Torche, or du Flambeau.

Francezka walked the minuet with Count Saxe, and afterward danced in a very merry branle.

The branle was at once formed, and Francezka, as on the night before, led it with Count Saxe.

The baby who has not swung in a branle does not know the quintessence of baby luxury.

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