cantus

[ kan-tuh s ]
/ ˈkæn təs /
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noun, plural can·tus.


Nearby words

  1. cantor, georg,
  2. cantorial,
  3. cantoris,
  4. cantrip,
  5. cantuar.,
  6. cantus firmus,
  7. canty,
  8. canuck,
  9. canula,
  10. canular

Origin of cantus

From Latin, dating back to 1580–90; see origin at canto

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British Dictionary definitions for cantus

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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