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cantilena

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English

Etymology

Italian or Latin cantilena

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /kæntɪ'leɪnə/, SAMPA: /k{ntI"leIn@/

Noun

Singular
cantilena

Plural
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  1. (music) a vocal melody or instrumental passage in a smooth, lyrical style
    • 1964: He played a lazy tune that sinuated from C sharp down to G natural and back again. Astonishing that he could flute so lazy a cantilena while chasing nymphs. — Anthony Burgess, The Eve of St Venus

Italian

Noun

cantilena f. (plural cantilene)

  1. lullaby
  2. singsong
  3. whining

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