an old French dance in moderately quick quadruple meter.
a piece of music for, or in the rhythm of, this dance, often forming one of the movements in the classical suite, usually following the saraband.
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How to use gavotte in a sentence
She was seated upon it, when I arrived with the third load, and through the house were dancing the sounds of a Bach gavotte.The Idyl of Twin Fires | Walter Prichard Eaton
The great room slowly cleared; the precise and animating music of a gavotte came sharply across the laughter and talk.The Rake's Progress | Marjorie Bowen
As an illustration of this fact, there is a little gavotte of mine, which I had occasion to play several times in Paris.Piano Mastery | Harriette Brower
When Eagle had watched them awhile she started up, spread her skirts in a sweeping courtesy, and began to dance a gavotte.Lazarre | Mary Hartwell Catherwood
He taught her the gavotte, the pavane, and many other dances, playing the measures on an old violin the while.A German Pompadour | Marie Hay
British Dictionary definitions for gavotte
an old formal dance in quadruple time
a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
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