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[noun dis-kant; verb dis-kant]
  1. 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.
  2. descant.
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verb (used without object)
  1. descant.
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Origin of discant

1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin discanthus; see descant
Related formsdis·cant·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for discant

Historical Examples

  • The transition from organum to discant was effected about the year 1100.

    Music in the History of the Western Church

    Edward Dickinson

  • To hear him discant you would have thought his wings were sprouting.

    A Transient Guest

    Edgar Saltus

  • It is interesting to recall the origin of our words “treble” and “discant.”

  • Res est blanda canor; discant cantare puell—Singing is a charming accomplishment: let girls learn to sing.

  • Then the spirit moving her, she began to discant on things past and people vanished.

    The Ghost Girl

    H. De Vere Stacpoole

British Dictionary definitions for discant


noun (ˈdɪskænt)
  1. a variant of descant (def. 1), descant (def. 3), descant (def. 4)
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verb (dɪsˈkænt)
  1. a variant of descant (def. 1), descant (def. 3), descant (def. 4)
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Derived Formsdiscanter, noun
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