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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Historical Examples
  • But laughing voices approached; and two girls and two young men, dressed up, for the pavane, as Henri IV.

    The Inevitable Louis Couperus
  • He was enraptured to find her in so winning a mood that he proposed a pavane.

    The Mercenary W. J. Eccott
  • After the pavane came the Courante, a court dance performed on tiptoe with slightly jumping steps and many bows and curtseys.

  • "They are going to dance the pavane almost at once," she murmured.

    The Law Inevitable Louis Couperus
  • They are to dance a pavane in the ball-room and I have to ask for instructions and hand them on.

    The Law Inevitable Louis Couperus
  • “They are going to dance the pavane almost at once,” she murmured.

    The Inevitable Louis Couperus
  • She had learnt the 'Prelude,' and had had one lesson, a fortnight before, on the 'pavane.'

    Spirit and Music H. Ernest Hunt
  • Will you honour us by stepping the pavane with us, Marquise?

    Petticoat Rule Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
  • I have often seen them dancing the pavane d'Espagne, which must be performed with the utmost majesty and grace.

  • The musicians now struck the opening chords to the third and final measure of the pavane.

    Petticoat Rule Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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