[ koo-rahnt; French koo-rahnt ]
/ kʊˈrɑnt; French kuˈrɑ̃t /

noun, plural cou·rantes [koo-rahnts; French koo-rahnt] /kʊˈrɑnts; French kuˈrɑ̃t/.

a dance dating back to the 17th century and characterized by a running or gliding step.
a piece of music for or suited to this dance.
Music. a movement following the allemande in the classical suite.
Also courant.

Origin of courante

1580–90; < Middle French; literally, running, feminine present participle of courir to run; cf. current Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for courante


/ (kʊˈrɑːnt) /

noun music

an old dance in quick triple time
a movement of a (mostly) 16th- to 18th-century suite based on this
Also called (esp for the dance): coranto

Word Origin for courante

C16: from French, literally: running, feminine of courant, present participle of courir to run, from Latin currere
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