/ (ˈsærəˌbænd) /

  1. a decorous 17th-century courtly dance

  2. music a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance, in slow triple time, often incorporated into the classical suite

Origin of sarabande

C17: from French, from Spanish zarabanda, of uncertain origin

Words Nearby sarabande

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How to use sarabande in a sentence

  • So pavane followed gavotte and sarabande and the more modern minuet, and the ball was very brilliant and gay.

    A German Pompadour | Marie Hay
  • The sarabande was also in triple time, but its movement was slow and stately.

    How to Listen to Music, 7th ed. | Henry Edward Krehbiel
  • After many recalls, she gave, as an encore, a rousing performance of a Bach sarabande.

  • The card-players watched the sarabande through the dusty atmosphere by the uneven light of the smoking lamps.

    Autumn Glory | Ren Bazin
  • Sometimes the minuet and sarabande changed places, just as in modern times do the andante and scherzo.