- 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.