Definition of courante in English:

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Pronunciation: /ko͝oˈränt/ Pronunciation: /-ˈrant/


1A 16th-century court dance consisting of short advances and retreats.
Example sentences
  • It supplies descriptions of numerous dances, including the galliarde, volte, and courante, plus musical notation, with the steps and positions clearly defined.
  • The Courante or Coranto was danced with light springing.
  • This is done using courante steps – hopping before each step of the single and the double
1.1A piece of music written for or in the style of a courante, typically one forming a movement of a suite.
Example sentences
  • Although many late Renaissance dances comprised three strains, binary form came to be used in nearly all dance movements (allemandes, courantes, sarabandes, gigues, etc.) in 17th and 18th-century dance suites.
  • To the traditional form of the suite - allemande, courante, sarabande, and gigue - Bach added an introductory Prélude with a pair of fashionable modern dances.
  • The suites mostly have four short movements, a prelude or allemande, courante, sarabande and gigue, with some variants.


Late 16th century: French, literally 'running', feminine present participle of courir.

Words that rhyme with courante

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Syllabification: cou·rante

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