pa·​vane | \ pə-ˈvän How to pronounce pavane (audio) , -ˈvan How to pronounce pavane (audio) \
variants: or less commonly pavan \ pə-​ˈvän How to pronounce pavane (audio) , -​ˈvan , ˈpa-​vən \

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

First Known Use of pavane

circa 1510, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pavane

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

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“Pavane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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