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Definitions of canto

  1. the highest part (usually the melody) in a piece of choral music Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a major division of a long poem Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. One of the chief divisions of a long poem; a book. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. The highest vocal part; the air or melody in choral music; anciently the tenor, now the soprano. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. A division of a long poem, corresponding to a chapter of prose. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. Division of a song or poem: the treble or leading melody. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. Division of a poem. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. A division of a poem. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. The part to which the melody is assigned; the air; formerly, the tenor; in modern use, the soprano. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. A division of a poem: the highest vocal part, or the leading melody. Cantofermo, a choral song in unison, in notes all of equal length; the part which is the subject of counterpoint. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  11. A part or division of a poem; in music, the leading part; a song. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  12. kan't[=o], n. division of a song or poem: the treble or leading melody.--n. CAN'TOR, the leader of the singing in a church, a precentor.--adjs. CANT[=O]'RIAL; CANT[=O]'RIS (gen. of L. cantor), of or belonging to the cantor or precentor.--n. CAN'TUS, a melody, esp. an ecclesiastical style of music.--CANTO FERMO, the simple melody of the hymns and chants used in the Christian Church of the West from the earliest times. [It.,--L. cantus--can[)e]re, to sing.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  13. Division of long poem. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  14. n. [Italian] A division or part of a poem;—the soprano part; the leading melody. Cabinet Dictionary
  15. A book or section of a poem. Complete Dictionary

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