cantilena

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Italian or Latin cantilēna.

Pronunciation[edit]

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.

Pronunciation[edit]

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.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

cantilēna f (genitive cantilēnae); first declension

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

Declension[edit]

First-declension noun.

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

Descendants[edit]

  • English: cantilena
  • Italian: cantilena
  • Portuguese: cantilena
  • Spanish: cantilena
  • Swedish: cantilena

References[edit]

  • cantilena in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879
  • cantilena in Charlton T. Lewis, An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers, 1891
  • cantilena in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • cantilena in Gaffiot, Félix, Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette, 1934
  • Breyer, Gertrud, Etruskisches Sprachgut im Lateinischen unter Ausschluß des spezifisch onomastischen Bereiches (Orientalia Analecta Lovaniensia; 53), Leuven: Uitgeverij Peeters en Departement Oriëntalistiek, 1993, →ISBN, page 55

Portuguese[edit]

Noun[edit]

cantilena f (plural cantilenas)

  1. (Portugal) Synonym of parlenda

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin cantilēna.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kantiˈlena/, [kãn̪.t̪iˈle.na]

Noun[edit]

cantilena f (plural cantilenas)

  1. cantilena

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