- one of the main or larger divisions of a long poem.
Origin of canto
Examples from the Web for canto
Historical Examples of canto
And with much force and animation she read them bits from the first canto.We Two
In the mouth, nevertheless, of the fiend Astarotte, canto xxv.The Civilisation of the Renaissance in Italy
What insight into the life of the clansmen is furnished in this canto?Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Literature
Ontario Ministry of Education
Four lines at the end of this canto are among the most famous in the poem.Dante: His Times and His Work
Arthur John Butler
With these losses, the canto still contains 130 stanzas, or 526 lines.Raleigh
- music another word for cantus (def. 2)
- a main division of a long poem
Word Origin for canto
1580s, from Italian canto "song," from Latin cantus "song" (see chant (v.)). As "a section of a long poem," used in Italian by Dante, in English first by Spenser.