[kan-zoh-nee; Italian kahn-tsaw-ne]
noun, plural canzones, canzoni [kan-zoh-nee; Italian kahn-tsaw-nee] .
a variety of lyric poetry in the Italian style, of Provençal origin, that closely resembles the madrigal.
a poem in which each word that appears at the end of a line of the first stanza appears again at the end of one of the lines in each of the following stanzas.
Also, canzona.

1580–90; < Italian < Latin cantiōnem, accusative singular of cantiō song; see canto, -ion Unabridged
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canzone (kænˈzəʊnɪ)
n , pl -ni
1.  a Provençal or Italian lyric, often in praise of love or beauty
2.  a.  a song, usually of a lyrical nature
 b.  (in 16th-century choral music) a polyphonic song from which the madrigal developed
[C16: from Italian: song, from Latin cantiō, from canere to sing]

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Word Origin & History

1590, from It., from L. cantionem "singing, song," from canere "to sing" (see chant). In It. or Prov., a song resembling the madrigal, but less strict in style.
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a genre of Italian instrumental music in the 16th and 17th centuries. In 18th- and 19th-century music, the term canzona refers to a lyrical song or songlike instrumental piece

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