cantilena

[ kan-tl-ee-nuh ]
/ ˌkæn tlˈi nə /

noun

a simple, lyric, melodic passage for voice or instrument.

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Origin of cantilena

1730–40; <Italian <Latin cantilēna refrain, perhaps by dissimilation from *cantilēla, derivative of cantus song; see cant1
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British Dictionary definitions for cantilena

cantilena
/ (ˌkæntɪˈleɪnə) /

noun

a smooth flowing style in the writing of vocal music

Word Origin for cantilena

C18: Italian, from Latin cantilēna a song
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