or gail·lard



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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gaillard

Historical Examples of gaillard

  • That Abreu rivals you in flavour, and that Gaillard has not less invention.


    Benjamin Disraeli

  • The idol and delight of the nation (so-called by his historian, Gaillard).


    Edward Bulwer Lytton

  • Her baby had been left in Amiens, with a woman called Gaillard.

    To Tell You the Truth

    Leonard Merrick

  • Gaillard was a versatile fellow; he had been a poet, an actor, and a journalist.

    Robert Tournay

    William Sage

  • Gaillard, who never forgot the favor, was devoted to his friend.

    Robert Tournay

    William Sage

British Dictionary definitions for gaillard



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

Word Origin for galliard

C14: from Old French gaillard valiant, perhaps of Celtic origin
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