cha·​conne shä-ˈkȯn How to pronounce chaconne (audio)
-ˈkən How to pronounce chaconne (audio)
: an old Spanish dance tune of Latin American origin
: a musical composition in moderate triple time typically consisting of variations on a repeated succession of chords

Examples of chaconne in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Finally there was a chaconne in 2005, written to honor Pope John Paul II. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 13 Aug. 2020 They’re joined by a work to a Bach chaconne by the Belgian choreographer Stijn Celis, and the premiere of a new work by the young American company dancer Joseph Hernandez. Brian Schaefer, New York Times, 26 Oct. 2017 A Bach violin chaconne felt, not surprisingly, fresh. Mark Swed,, 5 May 2017

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Word History


French & Spanish; French chaconne, from Spanish chacona

First Known Use

1659, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of chaconne was in 1659

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“Chaconne.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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