passepied

[pahs-pyey]
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noun, plural passe·pieds [pahs-pyey, -pyeyz] /pɑsˈpyeɪ, -ˈpyeɪz/.

a lively dance in triple meter popular in France in the 17th and 18th centuries.
a dance form in moderately fast 3/8 or 3/4 meter, occasionally constituting part of the 17th- and 18th-century instrumental suite.

Nearby words

  1. passement,
  2. passementerie,
  3. passenger,
  4. passenger mile,
  5. passenger pigeon,
  6. passer,
  7. passer-by,
  8. passerby,
  9. passeriform,
  10. passerine

Origin of passepied

1685–95; < French: literally, pass (the) foot, i.e., move it, dance. See pass, -ped

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Examples from the Web for passepied

  • Passepied (B flat major) "pour Madame Redwen," short and simple, but very neat and graceful, and quite in dance form.



British Dictionary definitions for passepied

passepied

noun plural -pieds (-ˈpjeɪ)

a lively minuet of Breton origin, in triple time, popular in the 17th century
a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance

Word Origin for passepied

C17: from French: pass the foot

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