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[puh-vahn, -van; French pa-van] /pəˈvɑn, -ˈvæn; French paˈvan/
noun, plural pavanes
[puh-vahnz, -vanz; French pa-van] /pəˈvɑnz, -ˈvænz; French paˈvan/ (Show IPA)
a stately dance dating from the 16th century.
the music for this dance.
Also, pavan
[pav-uh n, puh-vahn, -van] /ˈpæv ən, pəˈvɑn, -ˈvæn/ (Show IPA),
Origin of pavane
1525-35; < Middle French < Italian pavana, contraction of padovana (feminine) of Padua (Italian Padova) Unabridged
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  • At each and every step of this pavane, the relevant judicial rulings were merits-based.
  • Bearing in mind that sending such a notice is the first step in the eviction pavane, the two acts seem entirely compatible.
  • Here, the defendant has successfully negotiated the first two steps of this pavane.
  • The initial step in this pavane the question of whether a contract is ambiguous presents a question of law for the judge.
  • We proceed, then, to the third and fourth steps of the plain error pavane.
British Dictionary definitions for pavane


/pəˈvɑːn; -ˈvæn; ˈpævən/
a slow and stately dance of the 16th and 17th centuries
a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance, usually characterized by a slow stately triple time
Word Origin
C16 pavan, via French from Spanish pavana, from Old Italian padovana Paduan (dance), from Padova Padua
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