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bel canto

[bel kan-toh, -kahn-; Italian bel kahn-taw] /ˌbɛl ˈkæn toʊ, -ˈkɑn-; Italian bɛl ˈkɑn tɔ/
noun, Music.
a smooth, cantabile style of singing.
Origin of bel canto
1890-95; < Italian: literally, fine singing, equivalent to bel (cognate with beau) + canto (see canto) Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for bel-canto

bel canto

/ˈbɛl ˈkæntəʊ/
  1. a style of singing characterized by beauty of tone rather than dramatic power
  2. (as modifier): a bel canto aria
Word Origin
C19: Italian, literally: beautiful singing
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Word Origin and History for bel-canto

bel canto

1894, Italian, literally "fine song."

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