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[pah-suh-kahl-yuh, pas-uh-kal-] /ˌpɑ səˈkɑl yə, ˌpæs əˈkæl-/

a slow, dignified dance of Spanish origin.
the music for this dance, based on an ostinato figure.
a musical form based on continuous variations over a ground bass.
an old Spanish dance in slow triple time
a slow instrumental piece characterized by a series of variations on a particular theme played over a repeated bass part See also chaconne (sense 1)

dance tune of Spanish origin, 1650s, from Italian, from Spanish pasacalle, from pasar “to pass” (see pass (v.)) + calle “street.” So called because they often were played in the streets.


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