- a lively 17th-cent. French dance in duple time
- music for this dance, or a composition of similar rhythm
- Ballet a gliding movement across the floor by means of very small, quick steps typically while on pointe
Origin of bourréeFrench from bourrir, to beat wings, whir (as a partridge)
- a. An old French dance resembling the gavotte, usually in 3/4 or 2/2 time beginning with an upbeat.b. The music for this dance.
- A movement in ballet in which the dancer transfers body weight quickly from foot to foot, usually on the balls of the feet, in a series of small steps.
Origin of bourreeFrench from bourrer to stuff from bourre hair, fluff from Late Latin burra a shaggy garment
OriginSee also: bourree
From French bourrée.