branle

[bran-l]

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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branle

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

Word Origin for branle

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