galliard definition by Webster's New World
- valiant; sturdy
Origin: Middle English gaillard ; from Old French brave ; from Midieval Latin an unverified form galia, strength ; from Indo-European base an unverified form gal-, to be able
- a lively French dance in triple time, for two dancers, popular in the 16th and 17th cent.
- music for this
galliard definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A spirited dance popular in France in the 16th and 17th centuries.
- The triple-time music for this dance.
Origin: Middle English gaillard, from Old French gaillart, probably of Celtic origin.