a smooth, flowing, lyrical passage of vocal, or sometimes instrumental, music
Origin of cantilenaItalian ; from L, song ; from cantare, sing: see chant
A sustained, smooth-flowing melodic line.
Origin of cantilenaItalian, from Latin cantil&emacron;na, song, from cantus; see canticle.
- (music) a vocal melody or instrumental passage in a smooth, lyrical style