from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A medieval Italian or Provençal lyric of varying stanzaic form, usually with a concluding envoy.
- n. A polyphonic song evolving from this form of poetry and resembling the madrigal in style.
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- n. An Italian or Provençal song or ballad.
- n. A canzona (mediaeval Italian instrumental composition).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A song or air for one or more voices, of Provençal origin, resembling, though not strictly, the madrigal.
- n. An instrumental piece in the madrigal style.
Italian, from Latin cantiō, cantiōn-, song, from cantus, past particple of canere, to sing.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)