from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A stately and formal Spanish dance for which full state costume is worn; -- so called from the resemblance of its movements to those of the peacock.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A slow, stately dance, probably of Italian origin, but much practised in Spain.
  • n. Music for such a dance or in its rhythm, which is properly duple and very slow.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a stately court dance of the 16th and 17th centuries
  • n. music composed for dancing the pavane


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  • sorry oroboros!

    "...some criminal hand had merged at least three complements into one unmeaning heap, and that this same hand had spread out several manuscript sheets of music, the score of a pavan in C minor."

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Hundred Days, 39

    March 20, 2008