Definition of pavane in English:

pavane

Syllabification: pa·vane
Pronunciation: /pəˈvän
 
/
(also pavan)

noun

1A stately dance in slow duple time, popular in the 16th and 17th centuries and performed in elaborate clothing.
More example sentences
  • Children also took part in period dances including the lively farandole from Provence and the slower pavan, both dating back to the time of Tudor kings and queens.
  • We danced a pavan, but it never worked with three either.
  • He described the pavan as a processional dance in duple time, with two single steps and one double step forwards, followed by the same sequence in reverse.
1.1A piece of music for the pavane.
More example sentences
  • He produced many fine sets of variations on popular melodies and ground basses as well as stylized dance music (especially pavans and galliards).
  • He too composed a pavan and galliard for the Earl.
  • The range of Orlando Gibbons can be savoured first in another expressive and touching pavan.

Origin

mid 16th century: from French pavane, from Italian pavana, feminine adjective from Pavo, dialect name of Padua.

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