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n. pl. can·zo·nes (-nēz, -nāz) or can·zo·ni (-nē)
1. A medieval Italian or Provençal lyric of varying stanzaic form, usually with a concluding envoy.
2. A polyphonic song evolving from this form of poetry and resembling the madrigal in style.
[Italian, from Latin cantiō, cantiōn-, song, from cantus, past particple of canere, to sing; see kan- in Indo-European roots.]
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n, pl -ni (-nɪ)
1. (Poetry) a Provençal or Italian lyric, often in praise of love or beauty
2. (Music, other)
a. a song, usually of a lyrical nature
b. (in 16th-century choral music) a polyphonic song from which the madrigal developed
[C16: from Italian: song, from Latin cantiō, from canere to sing]
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can•zo•ne(kænˈzoʊ ni; It. kɑnˈtsɔ nɛ)
n., pl. -nes, -ni (-ni)
a variety of lyric poetry in the Italian style, of Provençal origin, that closely resembles the madrigal.
[1580–90; < Italian < Latin cantiōnem, acc. singular of cantiō song]
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