a stately dance dating from the 16th century.
the music for this dance.
- Also pav·an [pav-uhn, puh-vahn, -van], /ˈpæv ən, pəˈvɑn, -ˈvæn/, pav·in [pav-uhn] /ˈpæv ən/ .
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How to use pavane in a sentence
The master now gives particular instructions about the form and manner of dancing the Pavan.
The Pavan has been mentioned before, as the dance in Duple time which preceded the Galliard which was in a triple rhythm.
You shall hear the Spanish Pavan, let your music be grave and majestic: Page, give me tobacco; take my cloak and my sword.
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
He speaks of the association of Pavan and Galliard as being 'in course.'
British Dictionary definitions for pavane
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
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