Galliard

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Galliard A brisk, gay man. "Selden is a galliard by himself."
    • n Galliard A gay, lively dance. Cf. Gailliarde. "Never a hall such a galliard did grace."
    • a Galliard Gay; brisk; active.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • galliard Brisk; gay; lively; jaunty.
    • n galliard A brisk, lively man; a gay, jaunty fellow: as, “Selden is a galliard,”
    • n galliard A spirited dance for two dancers only, common in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries: one of the precursors of the minuet. Also called romanesca.
    • n galliard Music written for such a dance, or in its rhythm, which is triple and emphatic, but not rapid.
    • n galliard A term used in northern England for a sandstone or grit of particularly close and uniform texture.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Galliard gal′yard (arch.) brisk, lively
    • n Galliard a spirited dance for two, common in the 16th and 17th centuries: a gay fellow
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE., fr. F. gaillard, perh. of Celtic origin; cf. Ir. & Gael. galach, valiant, or AS. gagol, geagl, wanton, lascivious

Usage

In literature:

Why, my lord, if it were not for the gravity of my office, I could dance a galliard for joy!
"Westward Ho!" by Charles Kingsley
The galliard Surrey rode better, and carried off the prize.
"Windsor Castle" by William Harrison Ainsworth
Galliard saw the gesture, and for a moment it crossed his mind in self-reproach that the part he chose to play was that of a bully.
"The Tavern Knight" by Rafael Sabatini
GALLIARD, lively dance in triple time.
"Volpone; Or, The Fox" by Ben Jonson
GALLIARD, lively dance in triple time.
"The Alchemist" by Ben Jonson
He called it, what his temper gave no hint of (so dry with fever he was), the galliard hold.
"The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay" by Maurice Hewlett
This dance was livelier exercise than La Galliard, and Mary could not talk much for lack of breath.
"When Knighthood Was in Flower" by Charles Major
Marse Henry Galliard make a speech and tell them what it was and beg them to go home.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 1" by Various
This collection contains principally Pavans and Galliards by Byrd, Bull, and Gibbons.
"Shakespeare and Music" by Edward W. Naylor
She expired on learning this; and Galliard, being suspected of the murder, committed suicide.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 104, June, 1866" by Various
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In news:

Pianist Joyce Yang and the Galliard String Quartet return to Hilo.
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In science:

We thank Viktor Galliard and Anthony Leverrier for useful discussions and comments, L´ıdia del Rio for Fig. 1 and Charles Bennett for bringing Ref. to our attention.
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