cantilena

noun
can·​ti·​le·​na | \ ˌkan-tə-ˈlā-nə How to pronounce cantilena (audio) , -ˈlē- How to pronounce cantilena (audio) \

Definition of cantilena

: a vocal or instrumental passage of sustained lyricism

First Known Use of cantilena

circa 1740, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cantilena

Italian, from Latin, song, from cantus

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“Cantilena.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cantilena. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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