from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. In a smooth, lyrical, flowing style. Used chiefly as a direction.
- n. A cantabile passage or movement.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A tempo mark directing that a passage is to be played in a lyrical manner
- n. A passage having this mark
- adv. played in this style; singingly, lyrically
- adj. describing a passage having this mark; singable, lyrical
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. In a melodious, flowing style; in a singing style, as opposed to bravura, recitativo, or parlando.
- n. A piece or passage, whether vocal or instrumental, peculiarly adapted to singing; -- sometimes called cantilena.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In music, executed in the style of a song; flowing; sustained: lyrical.
- n. A piece or passage of music in a flowing, song-like style.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. smooth and flowing
Italian, from Late Latin cantābilis, worthy to be sung, from Latin cantāre, to sing; see kan- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian cantabile ("singable", "capable being sung"), derived from cantare ("to sing"). See also Latin cantabilis ("worthy to be sung"). (Wiktionary)