AskDefine | Define canto

Dictionary Definition

canto

Noun

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

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. One of the chief divisions of a long poem; a book.

Translations

Catalan

Verb

Italian

Etymology 1

cantus

Etymology 2

Noun

  1. corner
  2. side

Etymology 3

From cantare

Verb form

canto

Latin

Etymology

From cano

Verb

  1. I sing.

Inflection

Related terms

Descendants

Portuguese

Verb

Spanish

Verb

canto (first-person singular present indicative form of cantar)
  1. I sing
defn Aragonese defn Asturian defn Galician

Extensive Definition

The canto is a principal form of division in a long poem, especially the epic. The word comes from the Latin cantus, meaning "song," and has a corollary in the Sanskrit , or "chapter." Famous examples of epic poetry which employ the canto division are Valmiki's The Ramayana (7 cantos), Dante's The Divine Comedy (100 cantos), and Ezra Pound's The Cantos (120 cantos).
Canto may refer to:
Canto may also be used for:
  • Canticle
  • The first section of the rumba song form, followed by the montuno.
  • The highest vocal part, the air or melody, in a piece of choral music.
  • An abbreviation referring to the Cantonese language such as in the term "Canto pop" (i.e., popular music in Cantonese).

People with the surname Canto

surname nocat
canto in German: Canto
canto in Spanish: Rima
canto in French: Canto
canto in Italian: Canto
canto in Dutch: Rijm
canto in Portuguese: Canto

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Spenserian stanza, accompaniment, air, alto, antistrophe, aria, baritone, bass, basso continuo, basso ostinato, bassus, book, burden, cantus, cantus figuratus, cantus planus, chorus, continuo, contralto, couplet, descant, distich, drone, envoi, epode, figured bass, ground bass, heptastich, hexastich, lay, line, measure, melodia, melodic line, melody, monostich, note, octastich, octave, octet, ottava rima, part, pentastich, plain chant, plain song, prick song, quatrain, refrain, rhyme royal, septet, sestet, sextet, solo, solo part, song, soprano, soprano part, stanza, stave, strain, strophe, syllable, tenor, tercet, terza rima, tetrastich, thorough bass, treble, triplet, tristich, tune, undersong, verse, voice, voice part
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