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Pavan \Pav"an\, n. [F. pavane; cf. It. & Sp. pavana, and Sp. pavon, pavo, a peacock, L. pavo.] A stately and formal Spanish dance for which full state costume is worn; -- so called from the resemblance of its movements to those of the peacock. [Written also pavane, paven, pavian, and pavin.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"slow, stately dance," 1530s, from French pavane (1520s), probably from Spanish pavana, from pavo "peacock" (from Latin pavo), in reference to the bird's courting movements. But some see an Italian origin and trace the name to Padovana "Paduan." Possibly there was a merger of two distinct dance words.

  1. n. music composed for dancing the pavane [syn: pavane]

  2. a stately court dance of the 16th and 17th centuries [syn: pavane]


Pavan may refer to:

  • Pavan (dance), a slow processional dance
    • Pavane, the music for a pavan
  • Pavan (Hindu god), a god of wind in Hindu mythology and father of Hanuman
  • Pavan, Iran, a village in Hamadan Province, Iran
  • Pavan, Dahanu, a village in Maharashtra, India
  • 18123 Pavan, a main belt asteroid
  • Pavan Liqueur, an alcoholic beverage released in 2012
People with the given name Pavan
  • Pavan Duggal, advocate specialized in the field of cyberlaw and e-commerce law
  • Pavan Malhotra, Hindi film and television actor
People with the surname Pavan
  • Andrea Pavan (born 1989), Italian professional golfer
  • Carla Pavan (born 1975), Canadian skeleton racer
  • Crodowaldo Pavan (born 1919), Brazilian biologist and geneticist
  • Marisa Pavan (born 1932), Italian-born actress
  • Simone Pavan (born 1974 ), Italian footballer

Usage examples of "pavan".

He and Coigns had been assigned away from the Lunn garrison to the infantry forces of Pavan Nils Barrow, now encamped outside the northern coastal city of Thumbre.

In an orchestra in the largest room, musicians were placed, and here brawls, galliards, lavoltas, passameasures, pavans, sauteuses, cushion-dances, and kissing-dances were performed by the company.

An element here from a Spanish pavan, an influence there of a French psalm tune, a flavour here of early English carol, a savour there of later German chorals.