from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A musical form of the 17th and 18th centuries consisting of continuous variations on a ground bass and similar to the chaconne.
- n. A dance of the period that was performed to such music.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Slow Italian or Spanish music and dance in 3/4 time.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An old Italian or Spanish dance tune, in slow three-four measure, with divisions on a ground bass, resembling a chaconne.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An old dance of Italian or Spanish origin, resembling the chaconne.
- n. Music for such a dance, or in its rhythm, which is triple and slow.
Italian, From Spanish pasacalle : pasar, to pass, step; see pase + calle, street (from Latin callis, call-, path).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian passacaglia, from Spanish pasacalle, from pasear ‘to walk’ and calle ‘street’. (Wiktionary)