- 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.
Origin of gavotte
Examples from the Web for gavotte
She drummed with one hand, then with both, at a gavotte on the rack before her.The Daughter of a Magnate
Frank H. Spearman
The string band struck the preliminary cords of the gavotte.The Elusive Pimpernel
Baroness Emmuska Orczy
In the intervals of his school work he composed a Gavotte which had a quaint origin.Musical Criticisms
Miss Kennedy played a gavotte, and then another, and then a sonata.All Sorts and Conditions of Men
After breakfast I had a last practice with him and Lecomte for the gavotte.Letters of a Diplomat's Wife
Mary King Waddington
- an old formal dance in quadruple time
- a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
Word Origin and History for gavotte
lively dance, 1690s, from French gavotte (17c.), from Old Provençal gavoto "mountaineer's dance," from gavot, a local name for an Alpine resident, literally "boor, glutton," from gaver "to stuff, force-feed poultry," from Old Provençal gava "crop." From the same source is French gavache "coward, dastard."