Cantilena meaning

kăn'tl-ē'nə
A sustained, smooth-flowing melodic line.
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A smooth, flowing, lyrical passage of vocal, or sometimes instrumental, music.
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(music) A vocal melody or instrumental passage in a smooth, lyrical style.
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Origin of cantilena

  • Italian from Latin cantilēna song from cantus canticle
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Italian or Latin cantilena (“it”)
    From Wiktionary