Definition of bourrée in English:

bourrée

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Pronunciation: /ˈbʊəreɪ
 
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noun

1A lively French dance like a gavotte.
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  • It was also frequently included in the suite as an optional movement and was, like the bourrée and gavotte, usually placed after the sarabande.
  • She did not think she was superior to the peasants; she played with them, she visited them, she went to the country dances, she danced the bourrée, she listened to the music.
  • All of the bourrées the group played (including on the recording) have this rollicking character, which is unlike what I have heard from other groups.
1.1 Ballet A series of very fast little steps, with the feet close together, usually performed on the tips of the toes and giving the impression that the dancer is gliding over the floor.
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  • Changements, beats, and very fast pas de bourrées are possibilities here.
  • Instead it is now often customary to see bourrées that open and close in the effort to cover space.
  • This new feat ushered in a new dance vocabulary of hovering balances and quick, light bourrées, as well as a new image of the ballerina as gravity-defying sylph.

verb

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Perform a bourrée.
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  • The other evening I bourréd and fouettéd all over the house to Swan Lake.
  • She bourréd her way onto ‘the Letters to the Editor’ page of the Globe & Mail.
  • She was spectacular, ... bourréing across the stage as if eiderdown in the wind or traveling weightlessly in arabesques voyagées.

Origin

late 17th century: French, literally 'faggot of twigs' (the dance being performed around a fire made with such twigs).

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