nounEtymology: modification of Spanish pasacalle, from pasar to pass + calle street, from Latin callis path — more at paseDate: 1659 1.a. an old Italian or Spanish dance tune b. an instrumental musical composition consisting of variations usually on a ground bass in moderately slow triple time 2. an old dance performed to a passacaglia
Passacaglia Pas`sa*ca*glia, Passacaglio Pas`sa*ca*glio, n. [Sp. pasacalle a certain tune on the guitar, prop., a tune played in passing through the streets.] (Mus.) An old Italian or Spanish dance tune, in slow three-four measure, with divisions on a ground bass, resembling a chaconne.