[bel kan-toh, -kahn-; Italian bel kahn-taw]
- a smooth, cantabile style of singing.
Origin of bel canto
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- a style of singing characterized by beauty of tone rather than dramatic power
- (as modifier)a bel canto aria
Word Origin for bel canto
C19: Italian, literally: beautiful singing
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1894, Italian, literally "fine song."
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