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[kuh-ran-toh, -rahn-, koh-] /kəˈræn toʊ, -ˈrɑn-, koʊ-/
noun, plural corantos, corantoes.
Origin of coranto
1615-25; earlier carranta < Italian cor(r)anta < French courante courante Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Why dost thou not go to church in a galliard, and come home in a coranto?

  • Then Charles, with ready grace, would begin the coranto, taking a single lady in this dance along the gallery.

    The Wits and Beaux of Society Grace Wharton and Philip Wharton
  • The passamezzo, passy-measure or half-measure was a popular Elizabethan dance, like the coranto and lavolta.

  • I thought Sir you wou'd have been more open-handed, I sell no coranto's at such rates.

  • Morley speaks of the Volte, and says it is characterised by 'rising and leaping,' and is of the same 'measure' as a coranto.

    Shakespeare and Music Edward W. Naylor
  • She would dance a coranto, that the French Ambassador, hidden behind a curtain, might report her sprightliness to his master.

    Provocations Sibyl Bristowe
  • Even the Pope (I speak in all reverence) must play billiards or trip a coranto now and then!


    Christopher Morley
British Dictionary definitions for coranto


noun (pl) -tos
a variant of courante
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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