One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An energetic country dance in duple time in which couples form lines facing each other.
- ‘The ecossaise was usually danced in 2/4 time.’
- ‘In the midst of the third ecossaise there was a clatter of chairs being pushed back in the sitting room where the count and Marya Dmitrievna had been playing cards with the majority of the more distinguished and older visitors.’
Mid 19th century: from French, feminine of écossais ‘Scottish’; the connection with Scotland is unclear.
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