cantilena

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Italian or Latin cantilena.

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Noun[edit]

cantilena (plural cantilenas)

  1. (music) A vocal melody or instrumental passage in a smooth, lyrical style.
    • 1964, Anthony Burgess, The Eve of St Venus
      He played a lazy tune that sinuated from C sharp down to G natural and back again. Astonishing that he could flute so lazy a cantilena while chasing nymphs.

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin cantilēna.

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Noun[edit]

cantilena f (plural cantilene)

  1. lullaby
    Synonym: filastrocca
  2. singsong
  3. whining, cant

Verb[edit]

cantilena

  1. third-person singular present indicative of cantilenare
  2. second-person singular imperative of cantilenare

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From *cantilō +‎ -ēla, the attested cantilō, cantillō being back-formed.

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Noun[edit]

cantilēna f (genitive cantilēnae); first declension

  1. old song
  2. oft-repeated saying
  3. gossip

Inflection[edit]

First declension.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative cantilēna cantilēnae
Genitive cantilēnae cantilēnārum
Dative cantilēnae cantilēnīs
Accusative cantilēnam cantilēnās
Ablative cantilēnā cantilēnīs
Vocative cantilēna cantilēnae

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Portuguese[edit]

Noun[edit]

cantilena f (plural cantilenas)

  1. (Portugal) Synonym of parlenda