[sha-kawn, -kon, shah-; French sha-kawn]
noun, plural chaconnes [sha-kawnz, -konz, shah-; French sha-kawn] .
an ancient dance, probably of Spanish origin, in moderate triple meter.
a musical form based on the continuous variation of a series of chords or of a ground bass.

1675–85; < French < Spanish chacona Unabridged
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chaconne (ʃəˈkɒn, French ʃakɔn)
1.  See also passacaglia a musical form consisting of a set of continuous variations upon a ground bass
2.  archaic a dance in slow triple time probably originating in Spain
[C17: from French, from Spanish chacona, probably imitative of the castanet accompaniment]

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originally a fiery and suggestive dance that appeared in Spain about 1600 and eventually gave its name to a musical form. Miguel de Cervantes, Francisco Gomez de Quevedo, and other contemporary writers imply a Mexican origin. Apparently danced with castanets by a couple or by a woman alone, it soon spread to Italy, where it was considered disreputable as it had been in Spain. During the 17th century, a subdued version gained favour at the French court; it appeared frequently in the stage works of Jean-Baptiste Lully

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When speech by a public employee is involved, courts typically choreograph a three-step chaconne.
One is a dance form called the chaconne, which has travelled from one extreme of human expression to another.
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