Definition of bourrée in English:

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bourrée

Pronunciation: /bo͝oˈrā/

noun

1A lively French dance like a gavotte.
Example sentences
  • 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, typically performed on pointe and giving the impression that the dancer is gliding over the floor.
Example sentences
  • 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

[no object]
Perform a bourrée.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: bour·rée

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