What does canton mean?

Definitions for cantonˈkæn tn, -tɒn, kænˈtɒn

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word canton.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Guangzhou, Kuangchou, Kwangchow, Canton(noun)

    a city on the Zhu Jiang delta in southern China; the capital of Guangdong province and a major deep-water port

  2. canton(verb)

    a small administrative division of a country

  3. quarter, billet, canton(verb)

    provide housing for (military personnel)

  4. canton(verb)

    divide into cantons, of a country


  1. canton(Noun)

    A division of a political unit

  2. canton(Noun)

    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).

  3. canton(Verb)

    To delineate as a separate district.

  4. Canton(ProperNoun)

    An alternative (former) name for Guangzhou in China.

  5. Canton(ProperNoun)

    An alternative (former) name for Guangdong in China.

  6. Canton(ProperNoun)

    of French or Galician derivation.

  7. Origin: From canton.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Canton(noun)

    a song or canto

  2. Canton(noun)

    a small portion; a division; a compartment

  3. Canton(noun)

    a small community or clan

  4. Canton(noun)

    a small territorial district; esp. one of the twenty-two independent states which form the Swiss federal republic; in France, a subdivision of an arrondissement. See Arrondissement

  5. Canton(noun)

    a division of a shield occupying one third part of the chief, usually on the dexter side, formed by a perpendicular line from the top of the shield, meeting a horizontal line from the side

  6. Canton(verb)

    to divide into small parts or districts; to mark off or separate, as a distinct portion or division

  7. Canton(verb)

    to allot separate quarters to, as to different parts or divisions of an army or body of troops

  8. Origin: [F. canton, augm. of OF. cant edge, corner. See 1st Cant.]


  1. Canton

    Canton is the county seat of Stark County in northeastern Ohio, approximately 24 miles south of Akron and 60 miles south of Cleveland. The City of Canton is the largest incorporated area in the Canton-Massillon Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the Canton-Massillon metropolitan area, which includes all of Stark and Carroll counties, had a population of 404,422. Founded in 1805 on the West and Middle Branches of the Nimishillen Creek, Canton became a manufacturing center because of its numerous railroad lines. After the decline of heavy manufacturing, the city's industry diversified into service economy, including retailing, education, finance, and healthcare. According to the 2010 census, Canton's population declined 9.7%, down to 73,007 residents. Despite this decline, the 2010 figure actually had moved Canton up from 9th to 8th place among Ohio cities, as nearby Youngstown in neighboring Mahoning County, once considerably more populous than Canton, had suffered a larger decline. Canton is home to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the McKinley National Memorial, the William McKinley Presidential Library and Museum, the First Ladies National Historic Site, and is the terminus of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Canton

    kan′tun, n. a division of territory, constituting in Switzerland a separate government, in France a subdivision of an arrondissement: (her.) an ordinary of a shield, being a square occupying generally the dexter, sometimes the sinister, chief of the field.—v.t. to divide into cantons: to allot quarters to troops.—adjs. Can′tonal, pertaining to or divided into cantons; Can′toned (archit.), ornamented at the corners with projecting pilasters: (her.) placed in the midst of charges occupying the corners.—n. Can′tonment (also pronounced can-tōōn′ment), the temporary quarters of troops when taking part in manœuvres or active operations: in India, permanent military towns, distinct and at some little distance from the principal cities. [O. Fr. canton; It. cantone, corner, district—canto, a corner: cf. Cant (2).]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Canton

    chief commercial city and port of Southern China; stands on a river almost on the seaboard, 90 m. NW. of Hong-Kong, and is a healthy town, but with a heavy rainfall; it is surrounded by walls, has narrow crooked streets, 125 temples, mostly Buddhist, and two pagodas, 10 and 13 centuries old respectively; great part of the population live in boats on the river; the fancy goods, silk, porcelain, ivory, and metal work are famous; its river communication with the interior has fostered an extensive commerce; exports, tea, silk, sugar, cassia, &c.

Anagrams for canton »

  1. cannot, noncat


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of canton in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of canton in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Delil Osman:

    It has been officially announced as a canton.

  2. Beat Villiger:

    For these people, it would be easy for them to simply pick up and settle in another canton without a German requirement.

  3. Mike Lamont:

    We have a dial that tells us how much energy we're using - it would be equivalent to about 10% of the total power in the Geneva canton.

  4. Beat Villiger:

    The canton of Zug is small, and it impacts us when people with significant income and wealth move away, and Zug is currently grappling with austerity measures.

  5. President Tayyip Erdogan:

    The PYD is committing ethnic cleansing here( of) Arabs and Turkmen, if Turkish Kurds withdraw and don't form a canton, there's no problem. But if the mindset continues, then what is necessary will be done or we face serious problems.

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