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bel canto

[ bel kan-toh, -kahn-; Italian bel kahn-taw ]

noun

, Music.
  1. a smooth, cantabile style of singing.


bel canto

/ ˈbɛl ˈkæntəʊ /

noun

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

      a bel canto aria



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Word History and Origins

Origin of bel canto1

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

Origin of bel canto1

C19: Italian, literally: beautiful singing
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Example Sentences

He would have pleased the most exacting of modern critics, for he was the true bel canto.

The reason is that they have not given sufficient attention to bel canto in their early training.

The unadulterated Verdi, with the old familiar bel canto, was far better than the adulterated one.

Fear not, lover of the golden age of song, bel canto is not passing as swiftly as that.

The very first principle of bel canto, an equalized scale, is a false one.

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