a melody or counterpoint accompanying a simple musical theme and usually written above it.
(in part music) the soprano.
a song or melody.
a variation upon anything; comment on a subject.
Music (chiefly British).
soprano: a descant recorder.
treble: a descant viol.
Music. to sing.
to comment or discourse at great length.
- Also discant.
- des·cant·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for descant
Also: discant a decorative counterpoint added above a basic melody
a comment, criticism, or discourse
Also: discant of or pertaining to the highest member in common use of a family of musical instruments: a descant recorder
Also: discant (often foll by on or upon) to compose or perform a descant (for a piece of music)
(often foll by on or upon) to discourse at length or make varied comments
- descanter, noun
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