[ sha-sey or, esp. in square dancing, sa-shey ]
/ ʃæˈseɪ or, esp. in square dancing, sæˈʃeɪ /


a gliding step in which one foot is kept in advance of the other.

verb (used without object), chas·séd, chas·sé·ing.

to execute a chassé.

Origin of chassé

1795–1805; < French: literally, chased, followed, past participle of chasser to chase1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for chasse


/ (ˈʃæseɪ) /


one of a series of gliding steps in ballet in which the same foot always leads
three consecutive dance steps, two fast and one slow, to four beats of music

verb -sés, -séing or -séd

(intr) to perform either of these steps

Word Origin for chassé

C19: from French: a chasing
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Word Origin and History for chasse



from French chassé "chase, chasing," past participle of chasser "to chase, hunt" (see chase (v.)); borrowed 19c. in a variety of senses and expressions, such as "chaser" (in the drinking sense), short for chasse-café, literally "coffee-chaser." Also as a dance step (1867).

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