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also pa·van  (pə-vän′, -văn′)
1. A slow, stately court dance of the 1500s and 1600s, usually in duple meter.
2. The music for this dance.

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


(pəˈvɑːn; -ˈvæn; ˈpævən) or


1. (Dancing) a slow and stately dance of the 16th and 17th centuries
2. (Classical Music) a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance, usually characterized by a slow stately triple time
[C16 pavan, via French from Spanish pavana, from Old Italian padovana Paduan (dance), from Padova Padua]


(pəˈvɑn, -ˈvæn)

1. a stately dance dating from the 16th century.
2. the music for this dance.
[1525–35; < Middle French < Italian pavana, contraction of padovana (feminine) of Padua (Italian Padova)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pavane - music composed for dancing the pavane
dance music - music to dance to
2.pavane - a stately court dance of the 16th and 17th centuries
dancing, terpsichore, dance, saltation - taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music
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