Definition of passamezzo in English:

passamezzo

noun

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

Origin

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.

Pronunciation

passamezzo

/pasəˈmɛtsəʊ/