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.
- ‘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.’
- ‘The ecossaise was usually danced in 2/4 time.’
Mid 19th century: from French, feminine of écossais ‘Scottish’; the connection with Scotland is unclear.
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