[puh-vahn, -van; French pa-van]
- 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)
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Examples from the Web for pavane
She had learnt the 'Prelude,' and had had one lesson, a fortnight before, on the 'Pavane.'Spirit and Music
H. Ernest Hunt
He was enraptured to find her in so winning a mood that he proposed a pavane.The Mercenary
W. J. Eccott
They are to dance a pavane in the ball-room and I have to ask for instructions and hand them on.
"They are going to dance the pavane almost at once," she murmured.
“They are going to dance the pavane almost at once,” she murmured.The Inevitable
- 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
C16 pavan, via French from Spanish pavana, from Old Italian padovana Paduan (dance), from Padova Padua
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