Meaning of passepied in English:


Pronunciation /pɑːsˈpjeɪ/


  • A Breton dance similar to a quick minuet, popular in the 17th and 18th centuries.

    ‘Like other dances of rustic origin adopted by the court, the passepied was taken up by composers of stage music, including Lully, Campra, and Rameau.’
    • ‘The quality of his D minor and B flat major suites, recorded here, is quite breathtaking: the final passepied of that in B flat alone sounds as fresh as if it had just come from Bach's pen.’


French, from passer ‘to pass’ + pied ‘foot’.