discant

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

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)


Nearby words

  1. disc-,
  2. disc.,
  3. discal,
  4. discalceate,
  5. discalced,
  6. discard,
  7. discarnate,
  8. discase,
  9. discectomy,
  10. discern

Origin of discant

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

Related formsdis·cant·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for discant

discant

noun (ˈdɪskænt)

verb (dɪsˈkænt)

Derived Formsdiscanter, noun

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