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gavotte

or ga·vot

[ guh-vot ]
/ gəˈvɒt /
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noun

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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Origin of gavotte

1690–1700; <French <Provençal gavoto a mountaineer of Provence, a dance of such mountaineers, apparently derivative of gava bird's crop (probably <pre-Latin *gaba throat, crop, goiter), alluding to the prevalence of goiter among the mountaineers

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gavotte

gavot

/ (ɡəˈvɒt) /

noun

an old formal dance in quadruple time
a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance

Word Origin for gavotte

C17: from French, from Provençal gavoto, from gavot mountaineer, dweller in the Alps (where the dance originated), from gava goitre (widespread in the Alps), from Old Latin gaba (unattested) throat
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