[ puh-vahn, -van; French pa-van ]
/ pəˈvɑn, -ˈvæn; French paˈvan /

noun, plural pa·vanes [puh-vahnz, -vanz; French pa-van] /pəˈvɑnz, -ˈvænz; French paˈvan/.

a stately dance dating from the 16th century.
the music for this dance.
Also pav·an [pav-uh n, puh-vahn, -van] /ˈpæv ən, pəˈvɑn, -ˈvæn/, pavin.

Origin of pavane

1525–35; < Middle French < Italian pavana, contraction of padovana (feminine) of Padua (Italian Padova) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pavan



/ (pəˈvɑːn, -ˈvæn, ˈpævən) /


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

C16 pavan, via French from Spanish pavana, from Old Italian padovana Paduan (dance), from Padova Padua
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