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cantabile

[kahn-tah-bi-ley, -bee-, kuh n-; Italian kahn-tah-bee-le] /kɑnˈtɑ bɪˌleɪ, -bi-, kən-; Italian kɑnˈtɑ biˌlɛ/
adjective
1.
songlike and flowing in style.
adverb
2.
in a cantabile manner.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30; < Italian < Late Latin cantābilis worth singing, equivalent to Latin cantā(re) to sing (see cant1) + -bilis -ble
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  • Throughout, his playing is distinguished by its immaculate clarity, singing cantabile lines and joyous spontaneity.
British Dictionary definitions for cantabile

cantabile

/kænˈtɑːbɪlɪ/
adjective, adverb
1.
(to be performed) in a singing style, i.e. flowingly and melodiously
noun
2.
a piece or passage performed in this way
Word Origin
Italian, from Late Latin cantābilis, from Latin cantāre to sing
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Word Origin and History for cantabile
adj.

1724, from Italian, literally "singable, that can be sung," from cantare "to sing" (see chant (v.)).

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