passepied definition by Webster's New World
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- a lively, 17th-cent. French dance, similar to the minuet but faster in tempo
- the music for this
Origin: French ; from passer, pass plush pied (; from Classical Latin pes), foot
passepied definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A spirited dance in triple meter, popular in France and England in the 17th and 18th centuries, resembling a minuet but faster.
- Music for or in the rhythm of this dance.
Origin: French : passer, to pass; see pass + pied, foot (from Old French, from Latin pēs, ped-; see pedal).