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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.
Examples of descant in a Sentence
an English professor who loves to descant on his beloved Shakespeare
the soprano descanted above the melody line
First Known Use of descant
DESCANT Defined for English Language Learners
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