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cantillate

[kan-tl-eyt] /ˈkæn tlˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), cantillated, cantillating.
1.
to chant; intone.
Origin of cantillate
1860-1865
1860-65; < Late Latin cantillātus sung low, hummed (past participle of cantillāre), equivalent to cant- sing (see cant1) + -ill- diminutive suffix + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
cantillation, noun
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Examples from the Web for cantillation
Historical Examples
  • The feature that most interests us is the singing, or cantillation, of the oli.

    Unwritten Literature of Hawaii Nathaniel Bright Emerson
  • The cantillation of the mele was in the distinct and quiet tone and manner which the Hawaiians termed ko'i-honua.

    Unwritten Literature of Hawaii Nathaniel Bright Emerson
  • They guide the modulated flow of the voice in cantillation, thus serving, in a certain sense, as musical notes.

    Companion to the Bible E. P. Barrows
British Dictionary definitions for cantillation

cantillation

/ˌkæntɪˈleɪʃən/
noun
1.
the traditional notation representing the various traditional Jewish melodies to which scriptural passages are chanted
2.
chanting or intonation

cantillate

/ˈkæntɪˌleɪt/
verb
1.
to chant (passages of the Hebrew Scriptures) according to the traditional Jewish melody
2.
to intone or chant
Word Origin
C19: from Late Latin cantillāre to sing softly, from Latin cantāre to sing
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