|a children's mummer's parade, as on the Fourth of July, with prizes for the best costumes.|
|an arrangement of five objects, as trees, in a square or rectangle, one at each corner and one in the middle.|
in late medieval and early Renaissance music, term for certain vocal forms as they were known in the 15th century; also a musical texture used widely in both secular and sacred compositions of that century. Cantilena style is characterized by a predominant vocal top line supported by less complex and usually instrumental tenor and countertenor lines; it occurred both in homophonic, or chordal, music and in polyphonic music having a contrapuntal (interwoven melody) texture
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