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Meaning of CANTO

Pronunciation:  'kantow

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a major division of a long poem
  2. [n]  the highest part (usually the melody) in a piece of choral music

CANTO is a 5 letter word that starts with C.


 See Also: poem, section, subdivision, verse form, voice part



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Can"to\, n.; pl. {Cantos}. [It. canto, fr. L. cantus
singing, song. See {Chant}.]
1. One of the chief divisions of a long poem; a book.

2. (Mus.) The highest vocal part; the air or melody in choral
   music; anciently the tenor, now the soprano.

{Canto fermo}[It.] (Mus.), the plain ecclesiastical chant in
   cathedral service; the plain song.

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