cantabile

adverb or adjective
can·​ta·​bi·​le | \ kän-ˈtä-bi-ˌlā How to pronounce cantabile (audio) , -lē How to pronounce cantabile (audio) \

Definition of cantabile

: in a singing manner often used as a direction in music

First Known Use of cantabile

circa 1724, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cantabile

Italian, from Late Latin cantabilis worthy to be sung, from Latin cantare

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“Cantabile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cantabile. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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