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galliard (countable and uncountable, plural galliards)
- A lively dance, popular in 16th- and 17th-century Europe.
- (music) The triple-time music for this dance.
- (dated) A brisk, merry person.
- 1647, John Cleveland, “The Mixt Assembly”, in The character of a London-diurnall with severall select poems, page 36 1647, keyboarded 1687, scanned:
- Thus every Gibelline hath got his Guelf ;
But Selden he's a Galliard by himself ;
And well may be ; there's more Divines in him ,
Than in all this their Jewish Sanhedrim ;
- 1828, Sir Walter Scott, The Fair Maid of Perth:
- I will be answerable that this galliard meant but some St. Valentine's jest.
- 1953, Saul Bellow, chapter 5, in The Adventures of Augie March, New York: Viking Press, OCLC 279587:
- He was still an old galliard, with white Buffalo Bill vandyke, and he swanked around, still healthy of flesh, in white suits, looking things over with big sex-amused eyes.
- (uncountable, Continental printing, dated) An intermediate size of type alternatively equated with brevier (by Didot points) or bourgeois (by Fournier points and by size).
8-point type — see brevier
9-point type — see bourgeois
galliard (comparative more galliard, superlative most galliard)
- (dance): tordion