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Etymology 1[edit]

Perfect passive participle of canō.



cantus (feminine canta, neuter cantum); first/second-declension participle

  1. sung, recited
  2. sounded, blew
  3. chanted

First/second-declension adjective.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
Nominative cantus canta cantum cantī cantae canta
Genitive cantī cantae cantī cantōrum cantārum cantōrum
Dative cantō cantō cantīs
Accusative cantum cantam cantum cantōs cantās canta
Ablative cantō cantā cantō cantīs
Vocative cante canta cantum cantī cantae canta


cantus m (genitive cantūs); fourth declension

  1. song, singing
  2. chant, incantation

Fourth-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative cantus cantūs
Genitive cantūs cantuum
Dative cantuī cantibus
Accusative cantum cantūs
Ablative cantū cantibus
Vocative cantus cantūs

Derived terms[edit]


Etymology 2[edit]

Alternative spelling of canthus.[1]


  1. ^ 2 cantus (C. du Cange, 1678), 6 cantus (P. Carpentier, 1766) in: du Cange, et al., Glossarium mediae et infimae latinitatis, éd. augm., Niort : L. Favre, 1883‑1887, t. 2, col. 109a.
  • cantus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • cantus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • cantus in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • instrumental music: nervorum et tibiarum cantus
    • vocal and instrumental music: vocum et fidium (nervorum) cantus



cantus m pl

  1. plural of cantu