What does canto mean?

Definitions for canto
ˈkæn toʊcan·to

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cantonoun

    the highest part (usually the melody) in a piece of choral music

  2. cantonoun

    a major division of a long poem


  1. cantonoun

    One of the chief divisions of a long poem; a book.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CANTOnoun

    A book, or section of a poem.

    Etymology: Ital.

    Why, what would you do? ————
    —— Make a willow cabbin at your gate,
    And call upon my soul within the house;
    Write loyal cantos of contemned love. William Shakespeare, Tw. Night.


  1. Canto

    The canto (Italian pronunciation: [ˈkanto]) is a principal form of division in medieval and modern long poetry.


  1. canto

    A canto is a division or segment in a long poem or narrative, similar to a chapter in a book. It originates from an Italian term meaning "song" or "chant". Additionally, in music, 'canto' can refer to the leading melody.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cantonoun

    one of the chief divisions of a long poem; a book

  2. Cantonoun

    the highest vocal part; the air or melody in choral music; anciently the tenor, now the soprano

  3. Etymology: [It. canto, fr. L. cantus singing, song. See Chant.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Canto

    kan′tō, n. division of a song or poem: the treble or leading melody.—n. Can′tor, the leader of the singing in a church, a precentor.—adjs. Cantō′rial; Cantō′ris (gen. of L. cantor), of or belonging to the cantor or precentor.—n. Can′tus, a melody, esp. an ecclesiastical style of music.—Canto fermo, the simple melody of the hymns and chants used in the Christian Church of the West from the earliest times. [It.,—L. cantuscanĕre, to sing.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. CANTO

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Canto is ranked #15303 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Canto surname appeared 1,918 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Canto.

    56.5% or 1,085 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    30.7% or 589 total occurrences were White.
    7.7% or 148 total occurrences were Asian.
    3.1% or 61 total occurrences were Black.
    1.8% or 35 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. acton

  2. Acton

  3. act on

  4. octan

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of canto in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of canto in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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