- a lively 16th- and 17th-century round dance originating in France.
- the music for this dance.
Origin of branle
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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Examples from the Web for branle
The baby who has not swung in a branle does not know the quintessence of baby luxury.
All but Bibine, who was left swinging in his branle with only Loka for company.
It was originally a branle of Poitou, derived from the Courante.
The Branle in its original form had steps like the Allemande.
Each returning sabbath saw Whitehall lighted up, and heard the tabors sound for a branle, (Anglicised 'brawl').The Wits and Beaux of Society
Grace Wharton and Philip Wharton
- an old French country dance performed in a linked circle
C17: from Old French branler to shake, variant of brandir to brandish
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