noun \pə-ˈvän, -ˈvan\

Definition of PAVANE

:  a stately court dance by couples that was introduced from southern Europe into England in the 16th century
:  music for the pavane; also :  music having the slow duple rhythm of a pavane

Variants of PAVANE

pa·vane also pa·van \same or ˈpa-vən\

Origin of PAVANE

Middle French pavane, from Italian dialect pavana, from feminine of pavano of Padua, from Pava (Tuscan Padova) Padua
First Known Use: 1535


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Pavane, “The Dance in the Garden” illumination from the Roman de la rose, …—Reproduced by permission of the British Library

Stately court dance introduced from southern Europe into England in the 16th century. The dance, consisting of forward and backward steps to music in duple time, was originally used to open ceremonial balls; later its steps became livelier and it came to be paired with the quick galliard in triple time.


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