canton

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old French canton (corner).

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈkæntn̩/
  • IPA(key): /ˈkæntɒn/ (especially in the flag sense)

Noun[edit]

canton (plural cantons)

  1. A division of a political unit.
    • Davies
      that little canton of land called the "English pale"
    • Bishop Burnet
      There is another piece of Holbein's, [] in which, in six several cantons, the several parts of our Saviour's passion are represented.
    1. One of the states comprising the Swiss Confederation.
    2. A subdivision of an arrondissement of France.
    3. A division of Luxembourg, Bosnia and Herzegovina, etc.
  2. A small community or clan.
  3. A subdivision of a flag, the rectangular inset on the upper hoist (i.e., flagpole) side (e.g., the stars of the US national flag are in a canton).
  4. (heraldry) A division of a shield occupying one third of the chief, usually on the dexter side, formed by a perpendicular line from the top meeting a horizontal line from the side.
    • Evelyn
      The king gave us the arms of England to be borne in a canton in our arms.
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Verb[edit]

canton (third-person singular simple present cantons, present participle cantoning, simple past and past participle cantoned)

  1. To delineate as a separate district.

Etymology 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

canton (plural cantons)

  1. (obsolete) A song or canto.
    • Shakespeare
      Write loyal cantons of contemned love.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Provençal canton (corner).

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Noun[edit]

canton m (plural cantons)

  1. canton (of Switzerland, France or Luxembourg)
  2. (heraldry) canton

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Venetian[edit]

Noun[edit]

canton m (plural cantoni)

  1. corner

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