Origin of passadeFrench ; from Italian passata ; from passare, pass ; from VL: see passacaglia
- A dressage technique in which the horse turns in a circle, with the hindlegs making a smaller circle than the forelegs.
- A passing flirtation or romance: “How can it be that the sympathy between two people like ourselves &ellipsis; should end from one day to another like a mere passade?” (Edith Wharton).
Origin of passadeFrench, passado, passade, from Italian passata, from passare, to pass; see passage2.
- (fencing) A pass or thrust.
- A turn or course of a horse backward or forward on the same spot of ground.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Websterâ€™s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.