One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
= passamezzo. Frequently attributive and in plural, especially in "passy-measures pavane".
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Nicholas Breton (?1555–c1626), poet. Apparently alteration by folk etymology of passamezzo; in β and some forms with further alteration of the first element to passing and pace respectively after Italian passa- and passo.
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