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discant

[noun dis-kant; verb dis-kant]
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noun
  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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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

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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