noun can·to \ˈkan-(ˌ)tō\

: a major section of a long poem

plural cantos

Full Definition of CANTO

:  one of the major divisions of a long poem

Examples of CANTO

  1. the first canto of Dante's Inferno

Origin of CANTO

Italian, from Latin cantus song, from canere to sing — more at chant
First Known Use: 1590

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody
CANTOS Defined for Kids


noun can·to \ˈkan-ˌtō\
plural can·tos

Definition of CANTO for Kids

:  one of the major divisions of a long poem


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