- a spirited dance for two dancers in triple rhythm, common in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Origin of galliard
1525–35; < Middle French gaillard, noun use of adj.: lively, vigorous (> Middle English gaillard, late Middle English galyarde), probably < Gallo-Romance *galia < Celtic (compare MIr gal warlike ardor, valor); see -ard
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That Abreu rivals you in flavour, and that Gaillard has not less invention.Tancred
The idol and delight of the nation (so-called by his historian, Gaillard).Zanoni
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Her baby had been left in Amiens, with a woman called Gaillard.To Tell You the Truth
Gaillard was a versatile fellow; he had been a poet, an actor, and a journalist.
Gaillard, who never forgot the favor, was devoted to his friend.
- a spirited dance in triple time for two persons, popular in the 16th and 17th centuries
- a piece of music composed for this dance
- archaic lively; spirited
C14: from Old French gaillard valiant, perhaps of Celtic origin
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