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The prefix des-, meaning "two" or "apart", indicates that the descant is a "second song" apart from the main melody. In popular songs a descant will often be sung at the very end to produce a thrilling climax.
Origin and Etymology of descant
Examples of descant in a Sentence
an English professor who loves to descant on his beloved Shakespeare
the soprano descanted above the melody line
DESCANT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of descant for English Language Learners
music : a high melody that is sung or played along with the main melody of a song
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