bel canto

[ bel kan-toh, -kahn-; Italian bel kahn-taw ]
/ ˌbɛl ˈkæn toʊ, -ˈkɑn-; Italian bɛl ˈkɑn tɔ /

noun Music.

a smooth, cantabile style of singing.

Nearby words

  1. bekesy, georg von,
  2. bekhterev,
  3. beknow,
  4. bel,
  5. bel and the dragon,
  6. bel esprit,
  7. bel geddes, norman,
  8. bel paese,
  9. bel-esprit,
  10. bel.

Origin of bel canto

1890–95; < Italian: literally, fine singing, equivalent to bel (cognate with beau) + canto (see canto)

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British Dictionary definitions for bel canto

bel canto

/ (ˈbɛl ˈkæntəʊ) /

noun

music
  1. a style of singing characterized by beauty of tone rather than dramatic power
  2. (as modifier)a bel canto aria

Word Origin for bel canto

C19: Italian, literally: beautiful singing

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Word Origin and History for bel canto

bel canto

1894, Italian, literally "fine song."

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