pavane

[puh-vahn, -van; French pa-van]
noun, plural pavanes [puh-vahnz, -vanz; French pa-van] .
1.
a stately dance dating from the 16th century.
2.
the music for this dance.
Also, pavan [pav-uhn, puh-vahn, -van] , pavin.


Origin:
1525–35; < Middle French < Italian pavana, contraction of padovana (feminine) of Padua (Italian Padova)

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pavane or pavan (pəˈvɑːn, -ˈvæn, ˈpævən, pəˈvɑːn, -ˈvæn, ˈpævən)
 
n
1.  a slow and stately dance of the 16th and 17th centuries
2.  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]
 
pavan or pavan
 
n
 
[C16 pavan, via French from Spanish pavana, from Old Italian padovana Paduan (dance), from Padova Padua]

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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.
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