Definition of galop in US English:



  • A lively ballroom dance in duple time, popular in the late 18th century.

    • ‘To borrow terms from modern dance training: I teach galops like a overcurve and chasses with an undercurve.’
    • ‘Then it was the roustabout galop and the polka that were all the rage.’
    • ‘An interesting point about galops: he said that in his circus bands he did not use French horns for galops as they could not speak fast enough.’
    • ‘The Barcelona Wotan of Struckmann, with dark glasses and pigtail (sensibly tucked away for the aerial galop to the Valkyries' perch), looks hardly more divine than anyone on a well-earned break at the seaside.’
    • ‘It is hard not to be carried away by the madness of the Grand galop chromatique or by the arrogance (in the best possible sense of the word) of the Sixth Hungarian Rhapsody.’
    • ‘Like many of the later marches or galops, this piece has an AABBCC interlude A finale structure with an elongated (to say the least) ending.’
    • ‘The Home circle: a collection of piano-forte music consisting of the most favorite marches, waltzes, polkas, redowas, schottisches, galops, mazurkas, quadrilles, dances, etc.’
    • ‘It appeared shortly afterwards, like his many other Tivoli galops, in a version for piano with a lithograph illustration of the roller-coaster on the cover.’
    • ‘He, the ‘Waltz King’, also produced a great deal of other popular dance music for the Viennese public including polkas, galops, and quadrilles, in addition to his 13 operettas.’


French, literally ‘gallop’.