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A sustained, smooth-flowing melodic line.
[Italian, from Latin cantilēna, song, from cantus; see canticle.]
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(Classical Music) a smooth flowing style in the writing of vocal music
[C18: Italian, from Latin cantilēna a song]
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can•ti•le•na(ˌkæn tlˈi nə, -ˈeɪ nə)
n., pl. -nas.
a simple, lyric, melodic passage for voice or instrument.
[1730–40; < Italian < Latin cantilēna refrain, perhaps by dissimilation from *cantilēla, derivative of cantus song; see canto]
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