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bel canto

[bel kan-toh, -kahn-; Italian bel kahn-taw]
noun Music.
a smooth, cantabile style of singing.

Origin:
1890–95; < Italian: literally, fine singing, equivalent to bel (cognate with beau) + canto (see canto)

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bel canto (ˈbɛl ˈkæntəʊ)
 
n
music
 a.  a style of singing characterized by beauty of tone rather than dramatic power
 b.  (as modifier): a bel canto aria
 
[C19: Italian, literally: beautiful singing]

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bel canto
1894, from It., lit. "fine song."
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