pavane

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From French pavane, from dialectal Italian pavana, contraction of the older padovana, feminine of padovano, meaning from the city of Padua (Italian Padova, dialectal form Pava).[1]

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pavane (plural pavanes)

  1. (music) A musical style characteristic of the 16th and 17th centuries.
    • 1656, Robert Sanderson, Twenty Sermons, London: Henry Seile, Sermon 13, p. 267,[2]
      [] if the men should not agree what to play, but one would have a grave Pavane, another a nimbler Galliard, a third some frisking toy or Iigg, and then all of them should be wilful, none yield to his fellow, but every one scrape on his own tune as loud as he could: what a hideous hateful noise may you imagine would such a mess of Musick be?
    • 1916, James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, New York: Huebsch, 1921, Chapter 5, p. 274,[3]
      And he tasted in the language of memory ambered wines, dying fallings of sweet airs, the proud pavan []
  2. (music, dance) A moderately slow, courtly processional dance in duple time/meter.
    • 1664, Thomas Porter, The Carnival, London: Henry Herringman, Act II, Scene 1, p. 25,[4]
      Why then be merry; be merry, or I’le be
      Out of humour, and then who shall dance the Pavan
      With Ossorio?
    • 1969, Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, New York: Bantam, 1971, Chapter 33, pp. 218-219,[5]
      From the wings I heard and watched the pavane of tragedy move steadily toward its climax.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from dialectal Italian pavana, contraction of padovana, feminine of padovano, meaning from the city of Padua (Italian Padova, dialectal form Pava).

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pavane m, f (plural pavanes)

  1. pavane

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pavane m

  1. definite plural of pave

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pavane f

  1. feminine plural of pavan