- a small territorial district, especially one of the states of the Swiss confederation.
- (in a department of France) a division of an arrondissement.
- Heraldry. a square area in the dexter chief, or right-hand corner, of an escutcheon, often distinctively treated: a diminutive of the dexter chief quarter.
- Architecture. a pilaster or similar feature projecting from the corner of a building.
- Obsolete. a division, part, or portion of anything.
- to divide into parts or portions.
- to divide into cantons or territorial districts.
- to allot quarters to (soldiers, troops, etc.).
Origin of canton
- a province in SE China. 89,344 sq. mi. (231,401 sq. km). Capital: Canton.
Examples from the Web for canton
Contemporary Examples of canton
The Democrat's early voting edge in Stark means that they are confident of winning the cities of Canton, Massillon, and Alliance.Nightmare Scenario—Ohio’s Provisional Ballots May Be 2012’s Hanging Chads
November 6, 2012
The memory of 1912, Carlisle, and Canton was as fresh as yesterday in that pre-television era.
In 1915 Thorpe started also playing and coaching the “reptile sport” of professional football in Canton, Ohio.
“I am totally undecided,” says Ryan Ayers, an independent voter who lives in Canton, Ohio and who voted for John McCain in 2008.Independents Are Growing in Number and Drifting Away From Obama
December 9, 2011
In an early 1990s, as a still-recent transplant to America, Huang drove from Tuscaloosa to Buffalo and passed Canton, Ohio.The Legend of Charlie Chan
September 5, 2010
Historical Examples of canton
I now got my wages for the Canton voyage; but they lasted me only a fortnight!
We arrived at Canton in due time, and found our cargo ready for us.
On her arrival at Canton, I told the captain my views, and he allowed me to go.
The largest is that at Honan, the southern suburb of Canton.Architecture
Thomas Roger Smith
In the Novouzensky canton, for example, they constituted 40 per cent.England and Germany
Emile Joseph Dillon
- 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
- (kænˈtɒn) (tr) to divide into cantons
- (kənˈtuːn) (esp formerly) to allocate accommodation to (military personnel)
Word Origin for canton
- (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)
- a province of SE China, on the South China Sea: includes the Leizhou Peninsula, with densely populated river valleys; traditionally also including Macao and Hong Kong; the only true tropical climate in China. Capital: Canton. Pop: 79 540 000 (2003 est). Area: 197 100 sq km (76 100 sq miles)
Word Origin and History for canton
1530s, "corner, angle," from Middle French canton "piece, portion of a country" (13c.), from Italian (Lombard dialect) cantone "region," especially in the mountains, augmentative of Latin canto "section of a country," literally "corner" (see cant (n.2)). Originally in English a term in heraldry and flag descriptions; applied to the sovereign states of the Swiss republic from 1610s. Related: Cantoned.