cantilena

noun
can·ti·le·na | \ˌkan-tə-ˈlā-nə, -ˈlē- \

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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The first known use of cantilena was circa 1740

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