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canton

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noun can·ton \ˈkan-tən, -ˌtän\

Definition of canton

  1. :  a small territorial division of a country: such asa :  one of the states of the Swiss confederationb :  a division of a French arrondissement

cantonal

play \ˈkan-tə-nəl, kan-ˈtä-nəl\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of canton

Medieval French, from Italian cantone, from canto corner, from Latin canthus iron tire — more at cant


First Known Use: 1522


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canton

noun can·ton

Definition of canton

  1. 1 obsolete :  division, section

  2. 2 :  the top inner quarter of a flag

  3. 3 :  the dexter chief region of a heraldic field

Origin and Etymology of canton

Medieval French, from Old Occitan, from cant edge, corner, from Latin canthus


First Known Use: 1572


Canton

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geographical name Can·ton \ˈkan-tən\

Definition of Canton

  1. 1 city in northeastern Ohio south-southeast of Akron population 73,007

  2. 2 — see guangzhou


CANTON Defined for Kids

canton

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noun can·ton \ˈkan-tən, ˈkan-ˌtän\

Definition of canton for Students

  1. :  a division of a country (as Switzerland)



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