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canton

[ kan-tn, -ton, kan-ton for 1-7; kan-ton, -tohn, or, especially British, -toon for 8 ]
/ ˈkæn tn, -tɒn, kænˈtɒn for 1-7; kænˈtɒn, -ˈtoʊn, or, especially British, -ˈtun for 8 /
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noun
verb (used with object)
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Origin of canton

1525–35; <Middle French <Old Provençal, derivative of can side, edge (see cant2)

OTHER WORDS FROM canton

can·ton·al, adjectivecan·ton·al·ism, nounun·can·toned, adjective

Other definitions for canton (2 of 2)

Canton
[ kan-ton, kan-ton for 1; kan-tn for 2-5 ]
/ kænˈtɒn, ˈkæn tɒn for 1; ˈkæn tn for 2-5 /

noun
Older Spelling. a seaport in and the capital of Guangdong province, in southeastern China, on the Zhu Jiang. Also called (Older Spelling) Kwang·chow [kwahng-choh, kwang-; Chinese gwahng-joh], /ˈkwɑŋˈtʃoʊ, ˈkwæŋ-; Chinese ˈgwɑŋˈdʒoʊ/, (Pinyin) Guang·zhou [Chinese gwahng-joh], /Chinese ˈgwɑŋˈdʒoʊ/, (Wade-Giles) Kuang·chou [gwahng-joh] /ˈgwɑŋˈdʒoʊ/ .
a city in northeastern Ohio: location of the football Hall of Fame.
a city in eastern Massachusetts.
a city in western central Illinois.
a town in central Mississippi.
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British Dictionary definitions for canton (1 of 2)

canton

noun (ˈkæntɒn, kænˈtɒn)
any of the 23 political divisions of Switzerland
a subdivision of a French arrondissement
(ˈkæntən) heraldry a small square or oblong charge on a shield, usually in the top left corner
verb
(kænˈtɒn) (tr) to divide into cantons
(kənˈtuːn) (esp formerly) to allocate accommodation to (military personnel)

Derived forms of canton

cantonal, adjective

Word Origin for canton

C16: from Old French: corner, division, from Italian cantone, from canto corner, from Latin canthus iron rim; see cant ²

British Dictionary definitions for canton (2 of 2)

Canton

noun
(kænˈtɒn) a port in SE China, capital of Guangdong province, on the Zhu Jiang (Pearl River): the first Chinese port open to European trade. Pop: 3 881 000 (2005 est)Chinese names: Guangzhou, Kwangchow
(ˈkæntən) a city in the US, in NE Ohio. Pop: 80 806 (2000)
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