Definition of passepied in US English:

passepied

noun

  • A dance like a quick minuet, popular in the 17th and 18th centuries.

    • ‘Like other dances of rustic origin adopted by the court, the passepied was taken up by composers of stage music, including Lully, Campra, and Rameau.’
    • ‘The quality of his D minor and B flat major suites, recorded here, is quite breathtaking: the final passepied of that in B flat alone sounds as fresh as if it had just come from Bach's pen.’

Origin

French, from passer ‘to pass’ + pied ‘foot’.

Pronunciation

passepied

/päsˈpyā/