1. A 16th-century court dance characterized by short advances and retreats.
2. Music The second movement of the classical baroque suite, typically following the allemande.
[French, from feminine present participle of courir, to run, from Old French courre, from Latin currere; see kers- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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