[ ey-koh-seyz, -kuh- ]
/ ˌeɪ koʊˈseɪz, -kə- /


a country-dance in quick duple meter.

Origin of écossaise

1860–65; < French, feminine of écossais Scottish, equivalent to Écosse Scotland + -ais -ese; translation of German schottisch
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Examples from the Web for ecossaise

  • The conversation was then directed towards various topics, and at last we got to the 'Ecossaise' we had played at Soleure.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete|Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • In the meantime une limonade Ecossaise would combat the effect of chill and mist.

    The Pursuit|Frank (Frank Mackenzie) Savile
  • We shall give Voltaire's Ecossaise, translated by an anonymous author: no prompter will be present.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete|Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

British Dictionary definitions for ecossaise

/ (ˌeɪkɒˈseɪz, French ekɔsɛz) /


a lively dance in two-four time
the tune for such a dance

Word Origin for écossaise

C19: French, literally: Scottish (dance)
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