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cantabile

[ kahn-tah-bi-ley, -bee-, kuhn-; Italian kahn-tah-bee-le ]
/ kɑnˈtɑ bɪˌleɪ, -bi-, kən-; Italian kɑnˈtɑ biˌlɛ /
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adjective

songlike and flowing in style.

adverb

in a cantabile manner.

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Origin of cantabile

1720–30; <Italian <Late Latin cantābilis worth singing, equivalent to Latin cantā(re) to sing (see cant1) + -bilis-ble
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British Dictionary definitions for cantabile

cantabile
/ (kænˈtɑːbɪlɪ) music /

adjective, adverb

(to be performed) in a singing style, i.e. flowingly and melodiously

noun

a piece or passage performed in this way

Word Origin for cantabile

Italian, from Late Latin cantābilis, from Latin cantāre to sing
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