I. noun 1. any of a number of German dances, in particular an elaborate court dance popular in the 16th century. 2. the music for an allemande, especially as a movement of a suite. • the deep and moving Allemande which opens Suite No. 20.
3. a figure in country dancing in which adjacent dancers link arms or join hands and make a full or partial turn. • ‘Pass through, ends crossfold, left allemande.’.
– origin late 17th cent.: from French, ‘German (dance)’.