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[sha-sey or, esp. in square dancing, sa-shey]Dance.
  1. a gliding step in which one foot is kept in advance of the other.
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verb (used without object), chas·séd, chas·sé·ing.
  1. to execute a chassé.
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Origin of chassé

1795–1805; < French: literally, chased, followed, past participle of chasser to chase1
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Examples from the Web for chasse

Historical Examples

  • Yes, my dear cousin, you possess a part right over Chasse Loups.

    Sir Jasper Carew

    Charles James Lever

  • Hang it, thought I, have they gone off to the chasse without me?

    Arthur O'Leary

    Charles James Lever

  • “It is why I asked for my transfer to chasse,” he told me afterward.

    High Adventure

    James Norman Hall

  • We were soon convinced, however, that the lugger in sight was a chasse marée.

    Salt Water

    W. H. G. Kingston

  • Then half a bottle of red wine, a demi-syphon, and a caf and chasse.

British Dictionary definitions for chasse


  1. one of a series of gliding steps in ballet in which the same foot always leads
  2. three consecutive dance steps, two fast and one slow, to four beats of music
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verb -sés, -séing or -séd
  1. (intr) to perform either of these steps
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Word Origin

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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