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