Meaning of courante in English:


Pronunciation /kʊˈrɒ̃t/ /kʊˈrɑːnt/


  • 1A 16th-century court dance consisting of short advances and retreats.

    ‘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. 1.1A piece of music written for or in the style of a courante, typically one forming a movement of a suite.
      ‘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.’
      • ‘Much of it is in dance forms, such as the sarabande, the courante, the menuet, and the gigue - another innovation in French chamber music of that era.’
      • ‘Similarly, we can discover all different kinds of allemandes, courantes, sarabandes and ‘Galanterien’, although our knowledge of the subtleties of Bach's local subgenres of dances is still very limited.’


Late 16th century French, literally ‘running’, feminine present participle of courir.