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


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

French pavane, from Italian pavana, from feminine of pavano, of Padua, from dialectal pavàn, from Pava, dialectal variant of Padova, Padua.

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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).


  • Kalira went into a parade gait called a pavane, a kind of slow-motion trot with feet raised as high as possible, as Lan sat very straight and still in the saddle.

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  • The masked dancing, if it were dancing at all, which had been general in the days of the Emperor Maximilian, and which had not yet gone out of fashion altogether at the imperial court of Vienna, had long been relegated to the past in Spain, and the beautiful "pavane" dances, of which awkward travesties survive in our day, had been introduced instead.

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  • Harry was fumbling with her bodice but unable to manage the laces, changed his mind, and decided to lead her in a disorderly pavane instead, smudging the wet paint of the new flats as he went.

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  • Before he could respond, Queen Kathryn called to him to lead her out for the first pavane.

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  • His voice was anxious, but the steps of the pavane carried us apart before I could answer.

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  • Of course the Big Cheeses at the conference are neither stupid nor uninformed, so the whole thing is basically an exercise in signal sending, a pavane of surreal doubletalk.

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  • I kept thinking of trying to make a pun on “pavane”.

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  • The new pavane, gagliarde and saltarelli were included virtually in every collection of lute music.

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  • Their courtship had been a pavane, a stately unfolding, bound by protocols never agreed or voiced, but generally observed ....

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  • An executioner and a nun did a pas de deux, a round of simple circling steps, and then the others gradually joined, the skeleton men and raven women, and in the end it was a graceful pavane they did, courtly and deadly and slow, with gestures so deliberate they seemed acted as well as danced, and Clyde saw his young partner move silkenly in their midst.



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