pas de basque

[French pahduh bask]
noun, plural pas de basque. Ballet.
  1. a step in which the dancer swings one foot to the side, springs onto it, and swings the other foot against it.

Origin of pas de basque

1810–20; < French: Basque step
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British Dictionary definitions for pas de basque

pas de basque

noun plural pas de basque
  1. a dance step performed usually on the spot, consisting of one long and two short movements during which the weight is transferred from one foot to the other: used esp in reels and jigs

Word Origin for pas de basque

from French, literally: Basque step
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