Definition of passus in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpasəs/

noun (plural same)

A section, division, or canto of a story or poem, especially a medieval one.
Example sentences
  • Then a colleague at the U of C provided the idea of using the medieval passus as a way of building the story toward the novella at its heart.
  • For Christians, the Passion-from the Latin passus, the word means ‘having suffered ‘or ‘having undergone ‘- is the very heart of their faith.’
  • Over 50 manuscripts survive, representing progressive revisions known as the ‘Z’, ‘A’, ‘B’, and ‘C’ texts, of which ‘B’, comprising a prologue and twenty passus, is the most frequently read.


Late 16th century: from Latin, literally 'step, pace', in medieval Latin 'passage of a book'.

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Syllabification: pas·sus

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