passamezzo

noun pas·sa·mez·zo \ˌpäsəˈmet(ˌ)sō, -ed(ˌ)zō, -e(ˌ)zō\
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passemezzo

\ˌpäsəˈmet(ˌ)sō, -ed(ˌ)zō, -e(ˌ)zō\

Definition of passamezzo

plural

-s

  1. :  an old originally Italian dance in duple time resembling the pavan but about twice as fast; also :  the music of this dance

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Origin and Etymology of passamezzo

Italian passamezzo, passo e mezzo, from the phrase passo e mezzo step and a half


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