from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A slow, stately court dance of the 16th and 17th centuries, usually in duple meter.
- n. A piece of music for this dance.
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- n. A musical style characteristic of the 16th and 17th centuries.
- n. A moderately slow, courtly processional dance in duple time/meter.
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- n. music composed for dancing the pavane
- n. a stately court dance of the 16th and 17th centuries
French pavane, from Italian pavana, from feminine of pavano, of Padua, from dialectal pavàn, from Pava, dialectal variant of Padova, Padua.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French pavane, from dialectal Italian pavana, contraction of the older padovana, feminine of padovano, meaning from the city of Padua (Italian Padova, dialectal form Pava). (Wiktionary)