noun (plural cantos)
One of the sections into which certain long poems are divided.
- 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.
Words that rhyme with cantoEsperanto, manteau, panto, portmanteau
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