cantillate
transitive verb (-lated; -lating) Etymology: Latin cantilatus, past participle of cantilare to sing, perhaps from cantilena Date: circa 1828 to recite with musical tones • cantillation noun

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  • Cantillate — Can til*late, v. i. [L. cantillatus, p. p. of cantillare to sing low, dim. of cantare. See {Cantata}.] To chant; to recite with musical tones. M. Stuart. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cantillate — cantillation, n. /kan tl ayt /, v.t., cantillated, cantillating. to chant; intone. [1860 65; < LL cantillatus sung low, hummed (ptp. of cantillare), equiv. to cant sing (see CANT1) + ill dim. suffix + atus ATE1] * * * …   Universalium

  • cantillate — verb To chant, or to recite musically (especially in a synagogue) See Also: cantillation …   Wiktionary

  • cantillate — v. chant, intone …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cantillate — [ kantɪleɪt] verb rare chant or intone. Derivatives cantillation noun Origin C19: from L. cantillat , cantillare hum , from cantare (see chant) …   English new terms dictionary

  • cantillate — can·til·late …   English syllables

  • cantillate — [c]/ˈkæntəleɪt/ (say kantuhlayt) verb (cantillated, cantillating) –verb (i) 1. to chant passages of the Hebrew Bible as part of a religious service. 2. to chant or intone a text. –verb (t) 3. to utter in a chant. {Latin cantillāre to sing softly …   Australian English dictionary

  • cantillate — v.tr. & intr. chant or recite with musical tones. Derivatives: cantillation n. Etymology: L cantillare sing low: see CHANT …   Useful english dictionary

  • cantillation — [kant΄ l ā′shən] n. 〚< cantillate, chant (< L cantillatus, pp. of cantillare, hum, sing low < cantare: see CHANT) & ION〛 in Jewish liturgy, a chanting or reciting with certain prescribed musical phrases indicated by notations cantillate [kant΄… …   Universalium

  • cantillation — [kant΄ l ā′shən] n. [< cantillate, chant (< L cantillatus, pp. of cantillare, hum, sing low < cantare: see CHANT) & ION] in Jewish liturgy, a chanting or reciting with certain prescribed musical phrases indicated by notations cantillate… …   English World dictionary

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