Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One of the principal divisions of a long poem.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A part or division of a poem of some length: as, the six cantos of “The Lady of the Lake.”
  • noun In music; the highest voice-part in concerted music; soprano.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One of the chief divisions of a long poem; a book.
  • noun (Mus.) The highest vocal part; the air or melody in choral music; anciently the tenor, now the soprano.
  • noun (Mus.) the plain ecclesiastical chant in cathedral service; the plain song.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun One of the chief divisions of a long poem; a book.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a major division of a long poem
  • noun the highest part (usually the melody) in a piece of choral music

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Italian, from Latin cantus, song; see canticle.]

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