noun pa·vane \pə-ˈvän, -ˈvan\
variants: or less commonly


play \same or ˈpa-vən\

Definition of pavane

  1. 1 :  a stately court dance by couples that was introduced from southern Europe into England in the 16th century

  2. 2 :  music for the pavane; also :  music having the slow duple rhythm of a pavane

Origin and Etymology of pavane

Medieval French pavane, from Italian dialect pavana, from feminine of pavano of Padua, from Pava (Tuscan Padova) Padua

First Known Use: circa 1510

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