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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 Indo-European roots.]
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nAlso called (esp for the dance): coranto
1. (Dancing) an old dance in quick triple time
2. (Classical Music) a movement of a (mostly) 16th- to 18th-century suite based on this
[C16: from French, literally: running, feminine of courant, present participle of courir to run, from Latin currere]
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1. a dance of the 17th century characterized by a running step.
2. a movement following the allemande in the classical suite.
[1580–90; < Middle French; literally, running, feminine present participle of courir to run]
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|Noun||1.||courante - a court dance of the 16th century; consisted of short advances and retreats|
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