American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To chant or recite (a liturgical text) in a musical monotone.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To chant, intone, or recite in a half-singing style, as in Jewish synagogues. Also spelled cantilate.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To chant; to recite with musical tones.
- v. recite with musical intonation; recite as a chant or a psalm
- Latin cantilāre, cantilāt-, to sing, from cantāre, to sing; see kan- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“(See mele beginning _Ko'i maka nui_, p. 228.) _Ko'i honua_ (ko'i ho-nú-a) -- a compound of the causative _ko_, _i_, to utter, and _honua_, the earth; to recite or cantillate in a quiet distinct tone, in distinction from the stilted bombastic manner termed ai-ha'a (p. 58).”
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