cantabile

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can·ta·bi·le

 (kän-tä′bĭ-lā′) Music
adv. & adj.
In a smooth, lyrical, flowing style. Used chiefly as a direction.
n.
A cantabile passage or movement.

[Italian, from Late Latin cantābilis, worthy to be sung, from Latin cantāre, to sing; see kan- in Indo-European roots.]
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cantabile

(kænˈtɑːbɪlɪ) music
adj, adv
(Classical Music) (to be performed) in a singing style, i.e. flowingly and melodiously
n
(Classical Music) a piece or passage performed in this way
[Italian, from Late Latin cantābilis, from Latin cantāre to sing]
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can•ta•bi•le

(kɑnˈtɑ bɪˌleɪ, -bi-)
Music. adj.
1. songlike and flowing in style.
adv.
2. in a cantabile manner.
[1720–30; < Italian < Late Latin cantābilis worth singing = Latin cantā(re) to sing (see chant) + -bilis -ble]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.cantabile - smooth and flowing
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
melodic, melodious, musical - containing or constituting or characterized by pleasing melody; "the melodious song of a meadowlark"
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