[ noun dis-kant; verb dis-kant ]
/ noun ˈdɪs kænt; verb dɪsˈkænt /


Also dis·can·tus [dis-kan-tuh s] /dɪsˈkæn təs/. Music. a 13th-century polyphonic style with strict mensural meter in all the voice parts, in contrast to the metrically free organum of the period.

verb (used without object)

Origin of discant

1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin discanthus; see descant

Related forms

dis·cant·er, noun
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noun (ˈdɪskænt)

verb (dɪsˈkænt)

Derived Forms

discanter, noun
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