- a 17th-cent. dance like the minuet, but faster and livelier
- the music for this, in 4/4 time
Origin of gavotteFrench from Provençal gavoto, dance of the Gavots, name used for a people of Hautes-Alpes, France, literally , boors, gluttons from gaver, to stuff, force-feed (poultry) from Old Provençal gava, crop
Also sp. ga·vot′
- A French peasant dance of Baroque origin in moderately quick duple meter.
- The music for this dance.
Origin of gavotteFrench from Provençal gavoto from gavot native of the Alps possibly from gava crop of a bird from Vulgar Latin gaba gullet, throat