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 Webster'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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.