cantilena

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

Definition of cantilena

  1. :  a vocal or instrumental passage of sustained lyricism

Origin and Etymology of cantilena

Italian, from Latin, song, from cantus


First Known Use: circa 1740


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