One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A movement involving a series of levades with a short step between each.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Richard Berenger (bap. 1719, d. 1782), courtier and equestrian. From French mezzair, mézair from Italian mezzaria from mezzo middle + aria air; originally used with reference to the movement being at a height halfway between the terre-à-terre and curvet.
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