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1canton

noun can·ton \ˈkan-tən, -ˌtän\

Definition of CANTON

:  a small territorial division of a country: as
a :  one of the states of the Swiss confederation
b :  a division of a French arrondissement
can·ton·al \ˈkan-tə-nəl, kan-ˈtä-nəl\ adjective

Origin of CANTON

Middle French, from Italian cantone, from canto corner, from Latin canthus iron tire — more at cant
First Known Use: 1522

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism

Rhymes with CANTON

2canton

noun

Definition of CANTON

1
obsolete :  division, section
2
:  the top inner quarter of a flag
3
:  the dexter chief region of a heraldic field

Origin of CANTON

Middle French, from Old Occitan, from cant edge, corner, from Latin canthus
First Known Use: 1572

Rhymes with CANTON

Canton

geographical name Can·ton \ˈkan-tən\

Definition of CANTON

1
city NE Ohio SSE of Akron pop 73,007
2
— see guangzhou

Rhymes with CANTON

CANTON Defined for Kids

canton

noun can·ton \ˈkan-tən, ˈkan-ˌtän\

Definition of CANTON for Kids

:  a division of a country (as Switzerland)

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