galliard

or gail·lard

[gal-yerd]
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noun

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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Examples from the Web for galliard

Historical Examples of galliard

  • He realized that he was mastered, and that at any moment Galliard might send home his blade.

    The Tavern Knight

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Opposite him Galliard resumed his seat with a mocking smile that made him wince.

    The Tavern Knight

    Rafael Sabatini

  • And so two more were sent in to try conclusions with the indomitable Galliard.

    The Tavern Knight

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Galliard bowed his head; then, turning, he took the Bible from the table.

    The Tavern Knight

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Startled by her words and the tone of them, Galliard turned his head that he might observe her.

    The Tavern Knight

    Rafael Sabatini


British Dictionary definitions for galliard

galliard

noun

a spirited dance in triple time for two persons, popular in the 16th and 17th centuries
a piece of music composed for this dance

adjective

archaic lively; spirited

Word Origin for galliard

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