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  1. Dance. jig2(def 1).
  2. Music. a dance movement often forming the conclusion of the classical suite.
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Origin of gigue

1675–85; < French, probably < English jig2
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Examples from the Web for gigue

Historical Examples

  • The adagio is a sarabande, and the last movement has the characteristics of the gigue.

    Critical &amp; Historical Essays

    Edward MacDowell

  • The last of the particularly characteristic dances is the Gigue with its counterparts mentioned above.

    Music: An Art and a Language

    Walter Raymond Spalding

  • The sonata commenced in D minor; in the Gigue there was constant modulation towards G minor.

  • The last movement, still in the same key, is a gigue, thus keeping well in the shadow of the suite.

British Dictionary definitions for gigue


  1. a piece of music, usually in six-eight time and often fugal, incorporated into the classical suite
  2. a formal couple dance of the 16th and 17th centuries, derived from the jig
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Word Origin

C17: from French, from Italian giga, literally: a fiddle; see gigot
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