passemezzo\ˌpäsəˈmet(ˌ)sō, -ed(ˌ)zō, -e(ˌ)zō\
Definition of passamezzo
: an old originally Italian dance in duple time resembling the pavan but about twice as fast; also : the music of this dance
Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.
Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:
- 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
- Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
- Advanced search features
- Ad free!
Origin and Etymology of passamezzo
Italian passamezzo, passo e mezzo, from the phrase passo e mezzo step and a half
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up passamezzo? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).