To comment at length; discourse.
In medieval music,
- Two-part singing in which there is a fixed, known melody and an additional but subordinate melody that is higher in pitch.
- This added upper melody.
- The highest voice in polyphonic singing, as the treble or soprano.
A varied song or melody.
A comment; criticism; discourse.
A discussion or discourse on a theme.
To talk or write at length; comment expansively; discourse (on or upon)
To sing or play a descant to the main melody.
(intransitive) To sing or play a descant.
Origin of descant
- Middle English from Anglo-Norman descaunt from Medieval Latin discantus a refrain Latin dis- dis- Latin cantus song (from past participle of canere to sing kan- in Indo-European roots)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Anglo-Norman descaunt, from Medieval Latin discantus.