from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small territorial division of a country, especially one of the states of Switzerland.
- n. A subdivision of an arrondissement in France.
- n. Heraldry A small, square division of a shield, usually in the upper right corner.
- n. A usually rectangular division of a flag, occupying the upper corner next to the staff.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A division of a political unit
- n. A subdivision of a flag, the rectangular inset on the upper hoist (i.e., flagpole) side (e.g., the stars of the US national flag are in a canton).
- v. To delineate as a separate district.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A song or canto.
- n. A small portion; a division; a compartment.
- n. A small community or clan.
- n. A small territorial district; esp. one of the twenty-two independent states which form the Swiss federal republic; in France, a subdivision of an arrondissement. See Arrondissement.
- n. A division of a shield occupying one third part of the chief, usually on the dexter side, formed by a perpendicular line from the top of the shield, meeting a horizontal line from the side.
- intransitive v. To divide into small parts or districts; to mark off or separate, as a distinct portion or division.
- intransitive v. To allot separate quarters to, as to different parts or divisions of an army or body of troops.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An angle or corner; also, an angular space or nook.
- n. A portion of space; a parcel of ground.
- n. A small district; a subdivision of a country.
- n. In France, the territorial division below an arrondissement and above a commune. See arrondissement.
- n. In heraldry, a part of the chief, cut off on either the left- or the right-hand upper corner.
- n. A distinct part or division: as, the cantons of a painting or other representation, or of a flag.
- To divide into cantons or districts, as territory; divide into distinct portions; with out, to cut out and separate.
- To allot separate quarters to the different divisions or parts (usually regiments) of: as, to canton an army or a detachment.
- n. A variant of canto.
- n. In architecture, a thickened or emphasized corner of a building, as where two pilasters are set one on each side of the extreme angle. See cantoned (with cut).
- In heraldry, to furnish with a canton, or furnish a canton with: as, a cross argent cantoned with four scallop-shells.
- To quarter one's self in a temporary hut or cantonment.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. divide into cantons, of a country
- v. provide housing for (military personnel)
- n. a small administrative division of a country
- n. a city on the Zhu Jiang delta in southern China; the capital of Guangdong province and a major deep-water port
French, from Old French, from Old Italian cantone, augmentative of canto, corner, from Vulgar Latin *cantus; see cant1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French canton ("corner"). (Wiktionary)