Definition of galliard noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈɡæliɑːd//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡæliɑːrd//
Pieces of music
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(in the past) a lively and complicated dance; a piece of music for this dance See related entries: Pieces of music Word Originlate Middle English (as an adjective meaning ‘valiant, sturdy’ and ‘lively, brisk’): from Old French gaillard ‘valiant’, of Celtic origin. The current sense dates from the mid 16th cent.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: galliard