[ kan-zoh-nee; Italian kahn-tsaw-ne ]

noun,plural can·zo·nes, can·zo·ni [kan-zoh-nee; Italian kahn-tsaw-nee] /kænˈzoʊ ni; Italian kɑnˈtsɔ ni/
  1. a variety of lyric poetry in the Italian style, of Provençal origin, that closely resembles the madrigal.

  2. 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.

Origin of canzone

1580–90; <Italian <Latin cantiōnem, accusative singular of cantiō song; see canto, -ion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use canzone in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for canzone


/ (kænˈzəʊnɪ) /

nounplural -ni (-nɪ)
  1. a Provençal or Italian lyric, often in praise of love or beauty

    • a song, usually of a lyrical nature

    • (in 16th-century choral music) a polyphonic song from which the madrigal developed

Origin of canzone

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

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