from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A slow, stately dance of the 18th century or the music for it.
- n. A form consisting of variations based on a reiterated harmonic pattern.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A slow, stately Baroque dance
- n. The music for such a dance, often containing variations on a theme
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An old Spanish dance in moderate three-four measure, like the Passacaglia, which is slower. Both are used by classical composers as themes for variations.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An old dance or saraband, probably of Moorish or Spanish origin.
- n. A musical composition in the movement of such a dance, in slow tempo, usually in triple rhythm, and properly consisting of a series of variations upon a ground-bass of eight bars' length. It closely resembles the passacaglia.
French, from Spanish chacona, a kind of dance.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French, from Spanish chacona. (Wiktionary)