- a melody or counterpoint accompanying a simple musical theme and usually written above it.
- (in part music) the soprano.
- a song or melody.
- soprano: a descant recorder.
- treble: a descant viol.
verb (used without object)
Origin of descant
Examples from the Web for descant
Historical Examples of descant
After all this, might we descant upon the squire's characteristics.The Complete Prose Works of Martin Farquhar Tupper
Martin Farquhar Tupper
It is easy for us now to descant on the virtues of moderation.William Pitt and the Great War
John Holland Rose
He tried to descant upon the weather, but the subject failed him.The heart of happy hollow
Paul Laurence Dunbar
But he did not choose to descant upon his gracelessness to Margery.The Shadow of Ashlydyat
Mrs. Henry Wood
It is unnecessary to descant upon the economy of this procedure.Essays in Experimental Logic
noun (ˈdɛskænt, ˈdɪs-)
adjective (ˈdɛskænt, ˈdɪs-)
verb (dɛsˈkænt, dɪs-) (intr)
Word Origin for descant
mid-15c.; see descant (n.). Sense of "to comment at length" is first attested 1640s.