Definition of

Canto

  1. (noun, communication) the highest part (usually the melody) in a piece of choral music
  2. (noun, communication) a major division of a long poem

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Alternate forms of Canto

Hypernyms: section, subdivision, voice part

Origin of the word Canto

  1. 1590, from L. cantus "song" (see chant). As "a section of a long poem," used in It. by Dante, in Eng. first by Spenser. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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