cantabile

[kahn-tah-bi-ley, -bee-, kuhn-; Italian kahn-tah-bee-le] Music.
adjective
1.
songlike and flowing in style.
adverb
2.
in a cantabile manner.

Origin:
1720–30; < Italian < Late Latin cantābilis worth singing, equivalent to Latin cantā(re) to sing (see cant1) + -bilis -ble

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cantabile (kænˈtɑːbɪlɪ)
 
adj, —adv
1.  (to be performed) in a singing style, i.e. flowingly and melodiously
 
n
2.  a piece or passage performed in this way
 
[Italian, from Late Latin cantābilis, from Latin cantāre to sing]

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cantabile
1724, from It., lit. "that can be sung."
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Example sentences
Throughout, his playing is distinguished by its immaculate clarity, singing cantabile lines and joyous spontaneity.
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