[ gli-sahd, -seyd ]
/ glɪˈsɑd, -ˈseɪd /


a skillful glide over snow or ice in descending a mountain, as on skis or a toboggan.
Dance. a sliding or gliding step.

verb (used without object), glis·sad·ed, glis·sad·ing.

to perform a glissade.

Origin of glissade

1830–40; < French, equivalent to gliss(er) to slip, slide + -ade -ade1

Related forms

glis·sad·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for glissade


/ (ɡlɪˈsɑːd, -ˈseɪd) /


a gliding step in ballet, in which one foot slides forwards, sideways, or backwards
a controlled slide down a snow slope


(intr) to perform a glissade

Derived Forms

glissader, noun

Word Origin for glissade

C19: from French, from glisser to slip, from Old French glicier, of Frankish origin; compare Old High German glītan to glide
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