Also dis·can·tus [dis-kan-tuhs]. /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.
- dis·cant·er, noun
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How to use discant in a sentence
Cui accessit Pium diurnarum precum Enchiridion, ex quo pueri toto die cum Deo colloqui discant.
The women who joined the community at Arles also learned reading and writing (omnes litteras discant).Woman under Monasticism | Lina Eckenstein
Then the spirit moving her, she began to discant on things past and people vanished.The Ghost Girl | H. De Vere Stacpoole
The transition from organum to discant was effected about the year 1100.Music in the History of the Western Church | Edward Dickinson
Res est blanda canor; discant cantare puell—Singing is a charming accomplishment: let girls learn to sing.
British Dictionary definitions for discant
- discanter, noun
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