- a 17th-cent. dance like the minuet, but faster and livelier
- the music for this, in 4/4 time
Origin of gavotteFrench ; from ProvenÃ§al 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 ProvenÃ§al 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.