Cantabile meaning

kän-tä'bĭ-lā'
In a smooth, lyrical, flowing style. Used chiefly as a direction.
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A cantabile passage or movement.
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In an easy, flowing manner; like a song.
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A cantabile movement or passage.
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(music) A tempo mark directing that a passage is to be played in a lyrical manner.
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(music) A passage having this mark.
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(music) Played in this style; singingly, lyrically.
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(music) Describing a passage having this mark; singable, lyrical.
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Origin of cantabile

  • Italian from Late Latin cantābilis worthy to be sung from Latin cantāre to sing kan- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Italian cantabile (“singable", "capable being sung”), derived from cantare (“to sing”). See also Latin cantabilis (“worthy to be sung”).
    From Wiktionary