[ kan-zoh-nee; Italian kahn-tsaw-ne ]
/ kænˈzoʊ ni; Italian kɑnˈtsɔ nɛ /

noun, plural can·zo·nes, can·zo·ni [kan-zoh-nee; Italian kahn-tsaw-nee] /kænˈzoʊ ni; Italian kɑnˈtsɔ ni/

a variety of lyric poetry in the Italian style, of Provençal origin, that closely resembles the madrigal.
a poem in which each word that appears at the end of a line of the first stanza appears again at the end of one of the lines in each of the following stanzas.
Also canzona.

Origin of canzone

1580–90; < Italian < Latin cantiōnem, accusative singular of cantiō song; see canto, -ion

Definition for canzone (2 of 2)


[ kan-zoh-nuh; Italian kahn-tsaw-nah ]
/ kænˈzoʊ nə; Italian kɑnˈtsɔ nɑ /

noun, plural can·zo·ne [kan-zoh-ney; Italian kahn-tsaw-ne] /kænˈzoʊ neɪ; Italian kɑnˈtsɔ nɛ/. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for canzone (1 of 2)


/ (kænˈzəʊnɪ) /

noun plural -ni (-nɪ)

a Provençal or Italian lyric, often in praise of love or beauty
  1. a song, usually of a lyrical nature
  2. (in 16th-century choral music) a polyphonic song from which the madrigal developed

Word Origin for canzone

C16: from Italian: song, from Latin cantiō, from canere to sing

British Dictionary definitions for canzone (2 of 2)


/ (kænˈzəʊnə) /


a type of 16th- or 17th-century contrapuntal music, usually for keyboard, lute, or instrumental ensemble

Word Origin for canzona

C19: from Italian, from Latin cantiō song, from canere to sing
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