[ puh-vahn, -van; French pa-van ]

noun,plural pa·vanes [puh-vahnz, -vanz; French pa-van]. /pəˈvɑnz, -ˈvænz; French paˈvan/.
  1. a stately dance dating from the 16th century.

  2. the music for this dance.

Origin of pavane

1525–35; <Middle French <Italian pavana, contraction of padovana (feminine) of Padua (Italian Padova)
  • Also pav·an [pav-uhn, puh-vahn, -van], /ˈpæv ən, pəˈvɑn, -ˈvæn/, pav·in [pav-uhn] /ˈpæv ən/ . Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use pavane in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for pavane



/ (pəˈvɑːn, -ˈvæn, ˈpævən) /

  1. a slow and stately dance of the 16th and 17th centuries

  2. a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance, usually characterized by a slow stately triple time

Origin of pavane

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

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