[puh-vahn, -van; French pa-van]
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/
Origin of pavane
1525–35; < Middle French < Italian pavana, contraction of padovana (feminine) of Padua (Italian Padova)
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for pavane
Historical Examples of pavane
She had learnt the 'Prelude,' and had had one lesson, a fortnight before, on the 'Pavane.'
He was enraptured to find her in so winning a mood that he proposed a pavane.
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.
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
Word Origin for pavane
C16 pavan, via French from Spanish pavana, from Old Italian padovana Paduan (dance), from Padova Padua
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