- a stately dance dating from the 16th century.
- the music for this dance.
Origin of pavane
Examples from the Web for pavan
Historical Examples of pavan
You shall hear the Spanish Pavan, let your music be grave and majestic: Page, give me tobacco; take my cloak and my sword.
He speaks of the association of Pavan and Galliard as being 'in course.'
The doctor's eyes were set at eight, and so is a Pavan set 'at eight.'
It quite took Peggy's breath away when this elegant courtier bowed before her and begged her hand for the pavan.Sir Christopher
Maud Wilder Goodwin
The master now gives particular instructions about the form and manner of dancing the Pavan.
- a slow and stately dance of the 16th and 17th centuries
- a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance, usually characterized by a slow stately triple time
Word Origin for pavane
Word Origin and History for pavan
"slow, stately dance," 1530s, from French pavane (1520s), probably from Spanish pavana, from pavo "peacock" (from Latin pavo), in reference to the bird's courting movements. But some see an Italian origin and trace the name to Padovana "Paduan." Possibly there was a merger of two distinct dance words.