Definition of passacaglia
1 a : an old Italian or Spanish dance tune b : an instrumental musical composition consisting of variations usually on a ground bass in moderately slow triple time
2 : an old dance performed to a passacaglia
Origin of passacaglia
modification of Spanish pasacalle, from pasar to pass + calle street, from Latin callis path — more at pase
First Known Use: 1659
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