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or sar·a·bande

  1. a slow, stately Spanish dance, especially of the 17th and 18th centuries, in triple meter, derived from a vigorous castanet dance.
  2. a piece of music for or using the rhythm of this dance, usually forming one of the movements in the classical suite and following the courante.
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Origin of saraband

1610–20; < French sarabande < Spanish zarabanda, perhaps < Arabic sarband a kind of dance < Persian
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Examples from the Web for sarabande

Historical Examples

  • The Sarabande was also in triple time, but its movement was slow and stately.

    How to Listen to Music, 7th ed.

    Henry Edward Krehbiel

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

  • Debussy's well-known piece Hommage Rameau is in the style of the Sarabande.

    Music: An Art and a Language

    Walter Raymond Spalding

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

    Autumn Glory

    Ren Bazin

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

British Dictionary definitions for sarabande



  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
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Word Origin

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