Meaning of passamezzo in English:


Pronunciation /pasəˈmɛtsəʊ/


  • A slow dance of Italian origin in 2/4 time, related to the pavane; a piece of music for this.


Mid 16th century. From Italian passamezzo (although this is first attested slightly later: 1585 as passamezo), alteration (after passa- see pass-) of †pass' e mezzo from passo step, pace + e and (from classical Latin et) + mezzo half.