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[gal-uh p]
  1. a lively round dance in duple time.
  2. a piece of music for, or in the rhythm of, this dance.
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Origin of galop

1830–40; < French galop; see gallop
Also called gallopade, gal·o·pade.
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Examples from the Web for galop

Historical Examples

  • Pigeonwing, and could sing cavatinas and galop galops with the best of them.

    Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 7, May 14, 1870


  • After they had been marching for some time a galop was played.

  • The waltz, galop, redowa, and polka step can all be utilized in it.

    The Art of Entertaining

    M. E. W. Sherwood

  • Moreover, he graciously flirted with her in the intervals of a galop.

    Mark Gildersleeve

    John S. Sauzade

  • A gendarme, urging his horse to a galop, arrived at full speed.

British Dictionary definitions for galop


  1. a 19th-century couple dance in quick duple time
  2. a piece of music composed for this dance
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Also called: gallopade

Word Origin

C19: from French; see gallop
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