Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A dressage technique in which the horse is made to course repeatedly over the same spot.
  • n. A passing flirtation or romance: "How can it be that the sympathy between two people like ourselves . . . should end from one day to another like a mere passade?” ( Edith Wharton).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A pass or thrust.
  • n. A turn or course of a horse backward or forward on the same spot of ground.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In fencing, a lunge forward with a sword, one foot being advanced at the same time.
  • n. In the manège, a turn or course of the horse backward or forward on the same ground.

Etymologies

French, passado, passade, from Italian passata, from passare, to pass; see passage2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • There was not a dress that he did not copy from some old print, or a _passade_ that he did not indicate to the humblest member of the troop.

    The Ways of Men

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