Definition of canto in English:


Syllabification: can·to
Pronunciation: /ˈkanˌtō

noun (plural cantos)

One of the sections into which certain long poems are divided.
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  • In 1758 he published The Highlander, a heroic poem in six cantos.
  • Furthermore, Dante's work is divided into three canticles (the Inferno, Purgatory and Paradise) and each canticle is then divided into thirty-three cantos.
  • The rich allegorical description of the island throughout the first five cantos of the poem offers, in itself, a harsh invective against prevailing Stuart policy.


late 16th century: from Italian, literally 'song', from Latin cantus.

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