- 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)
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Origin of descant
OTHER WORDS FROM descantdes·cant·er, noun
Words nearby descant
Example sentences from the Web for descant
But the teacher does not go beyond this, and descant upon the opposite conditions, and promise joys ineffable and full of glory.
It is, however, a subject upon which one cannot descant before the general public.
Then the dowager and the rest of the company continued to descant upon the folly of the match.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)|Maria Edgeworth
I would take you up to me Alhambra, and descant to you for hours upon its perfections and its romantic history.
This ornament the Lady Clotilde was resolved to show to the countess, and descant on its history and its great value.The Court Jester|Cornelia Baker