[ kan-tuh s ]
/ ˈkæn təs /

noun, plural can·tus.

Origin of cantus

From Latin, dating back to 1580–90; see origin at canto Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cantus


/ (ˈkæntəs) /

noun plural -tus

a medieval form of church singing; chant
Also called: canto the highest part in a piece of choral music
(in 15th- or 16th-century music) a piece of choral music, usually secular, in polyphonic style

Word Origin for cantus

Latin: song, from canere to sing
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