passamezzo

noun
pas·​sa·​mez·​zo
variants: or passemezzo \ ˌpäsəˈmet(ˌ)sō , -​ed(ˌ)zō , -​e(ˌ)zō \
plural -s

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

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History and Etymology for passamezzo

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

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“Passamezzo.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/passamezzo. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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