descant

4 ENTRIES FOUND:

1des·cant

noun \ˈdes-ˌkant\

music : a high melody that is sung or played along with the main melody of a song

Full Definition of DESCANT

1
a :  a melody or counterpoint sung above the plainsong of the tenor
b :  the art of composing or improvising contrapuntal part music; also :  the music so composed or improvised
c :  soprano, treble
d :  a superimposed counterpoint to a simple melody sung typically by some or all of the sopranos
2
:  discourse or comment on a theme

Variants of DESCANT

des·cant also dis·cant \ˈdis-\

Origin of DESCANT

Middle English dyscant, from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French descaunt, from Medieval Latin discantus, from Latin dis- + cantus song — more at chant
First Known Use: 14th century

2des·cant

verb \ˈdes-ˌkant, des-ˈ, dis-ˈ\

Definition of DESCANT

intransitive verb
1
:  to sing or play a descant; broadly :  sing

Examples of DESCANT

  1. <an English professor who loves to descant on his beloved Shakespeare>
  2. <the soprano descanted above the melody line>

First Known Use of DESCANT

15th century

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: descanter
Previous Word in the Dictionary: descamisado
All Words Near: descant

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up descant? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More